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UK waste incinerator locations

Tonight Channel 4 News will be revealing the locations of 30 new landfill waste incinerators. We were contacted earlier today by the British network TV channel with the following embargoed announcement.

The Channel 4 release follows:


Councils – under pressure from EU to reduce landfill waste – plan 30 new incinerators nation wide to avoid hefty fines: CHANNEL 4 NEWS REVEAL LOCATIONS

Instead of burying our rubbish, local Councils want to burn it.

TONIGHT – Channel 4 News reveals the most likely locations of 30 new waste incinerators planned nationwide from Surrey to Scotland – see list below.

UK Councils are currently under pressure from an EU directive to drastically reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill or face fines. Consequently certain Councils are spending Government allotted waste management cash on long-term contracts with multinational waste companies to build incinerators to replace increasingly expensive and environmentally damaging landfill sites.

Based on information from local campaign groups, the Environment Agency, and the Chartered Institute of Waste Management Channel 4 News understands that the following locations at least are being seriously considered or planned by councils.

  1. Capel (near Dorking), Surrey
  2. Newhaven, East Sussex
  3. near Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire
  4. Peterborough
  5. Stewartby, Bedfordshire
  6. Rainworth, Nottinghamshire
  7. Exeter, Plymouth
  8. St Dennis, Cornwall
  9. Coventry (new bigger incinerator proposed to replace existing one)
  10. Shrewsbury, Shropshire
  11. Cardiff
  12. Belvedere, Bexley, South East London
  13. Derby
  14. Lincoln
  15. Virginia Water, Surrey
  16. Plymouth
  17. Barnsley
  18. York
  19. Gateshead
  20. Darlington
  21. Bristol
  22. Telford
  23. Dumfries, Scotland
  24. Dunbar, Scotland
  25. Perth, Scotland
  26. Runcorn, Cheshire
  27. Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland
  28. Dorset
  29. Cannock, Staffordshire
  30. Whitfield, Kent

There are currently 23 existing incinerators in the UK. Channel 4 News understands that at least 30 will be opened in addition to the existing incinerators. At least 12 of these are under construction or in the planning or procurement stage. Ten years ago there were only fifteen incinerators in operation (LISTED BELOW)


Ten years ago there were 15 incinerators in the UK locations:

  1. Bolton
  2. Coventry
  3. Dudley (Midlands)
  4. Kirklees (West Yorkshire)
  5. Newcastle (Byker) (demolished in 2004)
  6. Nottingham (Eastcroft)
  7. North London (Edmonton)
  8. Shetland islands (Letwick)
  9. Southwark, South East London (SELCHP)
  10. Sheffield incinerator
  11. Stockton-on-Tees
  12. Birmingham
  13. Wolverhampton
  14. Hanford, Stoke on Trent
  15. Isle of Scilly

There are now 23 plants

  1. Allington, Kent (constructed and soon to be operational)
  2. Chineham, Basingstoke, Hampshire
  3. Baldovie, Dundee, Scotland
  4. Stallingborough, Grimsby, Lincolnshire
  5. Marchwood, Hampshire
  6. Portsmouth, Hampshire
  7. Colnbrook (near Heathrow) construction running late
  8. Isle of Man (Richmond Hill, Douglas)
  9. Crymlyn Burrows, Swansea

minus 1 [Byker Newcastle- demolished in 2004 as noted above] = 23


  • George Chmielewski
    Posted December 18, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    I am horrified that so many new incineration facilities are currently being considered in the UK.

    I am horrified that these people who are pushing for incinerators, through this action show that they do not have the slightest awareness that they are promoting the action of taking precious resources out of the Earth, just to use them once and just burn them. We should be reusing as much as we can through recycling.

    This is not to mention the ignoring of research which indicates that treating waste with incineration has one of the biggest climate impacts.

    Add the evil of this is to lock councils into long contracts, which will continue the destruction of the Earth’s natural resources for many years to come.

  • Michael Ryan
    Posted October 28, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    See map at:

    and comments at:

    Note that Doncaster also ha incinerator.

    Also, the Environment Agency sent me a list of 34 incinerators authorised to burn radioactive waste, none of which are on above list.

  • Shlomo Dowen
    Posted July 23, 2008 at 8:15 am

    visit for an interactive map with all the latest information about each site – existing incinerators and potential incinerator sites. Please contact me with any additional information.

    BTW, the lists above include “Sterwartby”, that should read “Stewartby”; and the “Darlington” proposals are, I believe, related to Darlington, Toronto, Canada!

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