Full scrutiny for Cardiff incinerator

A judge has ordered [1] Cardiff Council to reveal how the Cardiff incinerator can be categorised as a ‘recovery’ installation - eligible for more than £100 million of Welsh Government subsidy - instead of a ‘disposal’ operation, which would not receive a penny.
Leading environmental campaigners Friends of the Earth Cymru had challenged the Information Commissioner’s decision that the information should be kept secret. Now a judge has decided that Cardiff Council should have revealed the information, which Friends of the Earth Cymru first requested back in June 2013.
Gareth Clubb, Director of Friends of the Earth Cymru, said:
“This is a hugely significant decision by the Judge. He has rightly determined that spending more than a hundred million pounds of public money should be subject to full public scrutiny.
“Incineration is the wrong answer to our waste problem. People right across Wales are making terrific efforts to recycle, and we now recycle more than half of our waste. Instead of pouring cash into burning our rubbish, the Welsh Government should be focusing on making Wales’ recycling systems the best in the world”.

1. The Court Notice (available here: https://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/court-notice-incineration-75174.pdf) states that the Information Commissioner had “erred in law in his decision” amid the “strong public interest in transparency about this important decision”.


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