Incinerating waste

August 2022

Church review further engagement sessions

The following email has been sent on behalf of Dr Colin Church, independent Chair of the Review of Incineration.

Thank you for your continued interest in the incineration review.

As I noted in my previous email dated 17 June, the review commissioned further work to consider the options for decarbonising the residual waste management sector in Scotland, which is expected to complete by the end of this year.

We will be holding further stakeholder engagement sessions for this work. These sessions will set out our key assumptions, evidence gaps and options to explore for decarbonisation. The sessions will be run twice, each following the same agenda, on the following dates: 

  • Tuesday, 30th August, 12:00-13:30
  • Wednesday, 31st August, 18:00 – 19:30

You can register for these events by emailing with the event which you would like to attend. Please note that these events will be recorded

The information and views you provided during the Call for Evidence earlier this year will be considered in this work, and you do not need to send these to us again. If further evidence has arisen since the Call for Evidence which you would like us to be aware of, please send it to by no later than the 30th September.

If you have any questions, please email

Kind regards,
Dr Colin Church.


June 2022

SG response to waste incineration review

The Scottish Government has published its response to the review of waste incineration requirement and provision it commissioned last year from Dr Colin Church.  Dr Church's report was published in May (see below).

Extracts from an email sent on behalf of Dr Colin Church, independent Chair of the Review of Incineration.

The Scottish Government has now published its initial response to the Review’s recommendations. You can find this here: Independent review of the role of incineration in the waste hierarchy: Scottish Government response - (

As I noted in my report and during the stakeholder engagement session following its publication, the Review has commissioned further work to consider the options for decarbonising the residual waste management sector in Scotland. This is expected to complete by the end of 2022 or start of 2023.

Evidence submitted by stakeholders to the Call for Evidence regarding decarbonisation will be considered as a part of this work. The Review is currently planning to launch a further round of stakeholder engagement later this summer, in which we will be seeking responses to specific questions and open to any further representations stakeholders wish to make.

We will be in contact with further details regarding this in the coming weeks.

SG response  PDF download


May 2022

Waste incineration review published

Burning waste to produce energy can be considered under the two aspects of waste treatment and energy generation.  From the starting point of proposals by Highland Council to build a 'Materials Treatment Facility' in Inverness and to consider the possibility of subsequently building an incinerator, we have drawn attention to some of the issues around waste incineration.

These include concerns about the effect of incineration on the achievement of Scotland's Net Zero carbon emissions targets, which led the Scottish Government to commission a review into 'the role of incineration in the waste hierarchy in Scotland', just published (10 May 2022); and opposition to incineration from the campaigning group United Kingdom Without INcineration (UKWIN), Friends of the Earth Scotland and the Highlands and Islands Green Party.

We also link to a disturbing video about incinerating recycling from The Guardian.

Our Energy from Waste - Incineration  page
(includes TBI's submission to the call for evidence)

'Stop, Sort, Burn, Bury' - the Report  by Dr Colin Church

Supporting documents

Responses to Call for Evidence

Video on incinerating recycling  from The Guardian



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