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Incinerators

Volume 201: debated on Friday 20 December 1991

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many incinerators there are in the United Kingdom which are capable of dealing with (a) hazardous and (b) toxic wastes; what is the total annual capacity of these plants; and what is the annual production of these wastes in the United Kingdom.

Waste containing substances hazardous to life are classed as special wastes in the United Kingdom and local authority records showed 2ยท315 million tonnes arising for disposal in 1989โ€“90. However, high temperature incineration of special wastes can take place within a wide range of factory premises, where so authorised, and special wastes dealt with in-house are not recorded. United Kingdom merchant incinerators available for disposal contract have a total annual capacity of about 200,000 tonnes and are:โ€”

  • ReChem at Fawley, Hampshire and Pontypool, Gwent
  • Cleanaway at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire
  • Leigh Industrial Services at Killamarsh, Sheffield

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has as to the number and capacity of incinerators capable of dealing with hazardous and toxic wastes which are (a) under construction and (b) to be constructed over the next five years; what he expects the total annual capacity of those plants and the existing plants to be at the end of that time; and what are his projections as to the annual production of these wastes in the United Kingdom in (i) five years and (ii) 2000.

Industry could have a variety of incinerator proposals at various stages of consideration. There is no central record of these and it would not be possible to say what the annual capacity of proposed plant might be until such proposals become definitely operative. Planning proposals for merchant incinerators in England and Wales of which the Secretary of State is aware are those currently before him for decisions:โ€”

Ocean Environment, Seal Sands, Cleveland Northumbrian Water/ITE, Portrack, Cleveland Northumbrian Water/ITE, East Howdon, Tyne and Wear. It is not possible to provide forward projections of any waste arisings which might he dealt with at existing or new plant.