Incinerators: Waste Disposal

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 16th July 2008.

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Photo of Desmond Turner Desmond Turner Labour, Brighton, Kemptown

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) accessibility and (b) capacity of facilities to destroy through incineration products containing ozone-depleting substances, with particular reference to those contained within plastic foam insulation.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

There are two high temperature incinerators that can destroy ozone-depleting substances from plastic foam insulation and they are located in Ellesmere Port and Southampton.

DEFRA officials have met with industry representatives to discuss the recovery for destruction of ozone-depleting substances from plastic foam insulation in buildings but further work is needed to scope the practicality of recovery, likely volumes of waste and the necessary destruction capacity.

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