UK loosens cement kiln waste burning rules

Revised rules approved on 13 October will make it easier for cement and lime kilns in England and Wales to use wastes as fuels. Public consultation requirements are to be relaxed, a ban on burning of specified wastes lifted and a minimum calorific value threshold scrapped in line with recent EU court judgements. Nevertheless, operators will have to "justify the environmental benefits" of burning wastes, "discourage wastes that could more usefully be recycled or re-used", and "engage in open consultation with local communities", the Anglo-Welsh environment agency said. See press release.

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