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We have created a question and answer document about energy from waste.

The questions include:

  • I am worried about my health, are incinerators safe?
  • Why are we building Incinerators?
  • Are landfills really that bad?
  • Won’t incineration affect Wales’ recycling rate?
  • Isn’t there better technology out there to deal with our waste?
  • Who chooses which technology is used?
  • Doesn’t energy from waste damage the environment?
  • Don’t I have a say in this?
  • I’ve heard the ash is toxic and will go to landfill anyway
  • Isn’t it dangerous to build incinerators so close to urban populations?
  • We don’t want an incinerator can’t the Welsh Government intervene and stop this?
  • I have heard incinerators emit large concentrations of toxic emissions is this true?
  • I have heard that PM2.5s (Particulate Matter below 2.5 microns in diameter) are not monitored from incinerators, nor are levels of PM2.5s measured anywhere in the UK.

If you have any queries on energy from waste please e-mail: waste@wales.gsi.gov.uk.