Dioxin from fossilfuel plastics/biomass incineration (so-called'waste to energy' 'energy from waste')

Dioxin, produced from burning coloured plastics/biomass is a Persistent Organic Pollutant. Its creation is supposed to be limited by the Stockholm Convention United Nations Persistent Organic Pollutants Treaty.
The burning of plastics creates dioxin, the deadliest element known to us, and the dioxin ‘family’ is still creating birth defects in Vietnam, caused birth defects in Corby UK, responsible for Bhopal, Indonesia, Corby etc, affecting women/girls disproportionately as dioxin is passed into womb, to foetus. The child can then be born with fingers, toes missing, other birth defects. Causes cancer. UK Government are signatories to the Persistent Organic Pollutants Treaty; (POPS) supposed to be reducing dioxin, not increasing its production. Dioxin/nanoparticles from incineration of coloured plastics is breathed in by us all, settles on our foodcrops, is spread across oceans and ingested by fish and other marine creatures, then us.


Allows for ‘Clean Development Mechanism’ to increase dioxin pollution, through plastics/biomass ‘waste’ burning, be it in the form of so-called ‘gasification/pyrolysis or other words for ‘incineration’. Dioxin is emitted and no filtration system on this planet, will trap dioxin (often reformed in the stack (chimney) Under POPS Treaty, dioxin-contaminated ash from the burning processes, cannot be ‘recycled’ into gypsum replacement plasterboard/bricks etc, either. Yet banks like Natwest Are funding this ‘recycling’, in the East Midlands and elsewhere https://www.eastmidlandsbusinesslink.co.uk/mag/featured/east-mids-firm-secures-10m-funding-package-bgf-natwest/

Feb 2017 The Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England) Sept 2009 statement on Health and Incineration, includes the following referenced report; –

DIOXIN EMISSIONS FROM A SOLID WASTE INCINERATOR AND RISK OF NON-HODGKIN LYMPHOMA. (Floret N, Mauny F, Challier B, Arveux P, Cahn JY, Viel JF) Department of Public Health, Biostatics and Epidemiology Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Besancon, France)

CONCLUSION: Although emissions from incinerators are usually not regarded as an important source of exposure to dioxins compared with other background sources, our findings support the hypothesis that environmental dioxins increase the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma among the population living in the vicinity of a municipal solid waste incinerator

Dec 2015  The burning of plastics creates dioxin, the deadliest element known to us, and the dioxin ‘family’ is still creating birth defects in Vietnam, caused birth defects in Corby UK, responsible for Bhopal etc, affecting women disproportionately as dioxin is passed into womb, to foetus. UK Government are signatories to the Persistent Organic Pollutants Treaty; (POPS) supposed to be reducing dioxin, not increasing its production. Dioxin from incineration of coloured plastics is breathed in by us all, settles on our foodcrops, and is spread across oceans and ingested by fish and other marine creatures.

That POPS treaty states that member states educate women and girls about dioxin. Oddly Derby City and County Councils have not decided if this is to be taught at the greenwash education centre, to be built next to the incineration plant. The latest  planning ‘amendments’ made everything bigger eg bigger loading bays, diesel tanks, ash bunkers etc to try to suck in more waste, probably meaning that we lose more recycling in the city. So much for feedstock sustainability criteria. Laughably, a willow dome feature is among the plans. (Now replaced with a glass dome) That will of course, NOT shield children, from dioxin.

The Derby prototype incineration plant in the Isle of Wight (by ENERGOS) closed in 2015, five years after being built. In those five years it breached dioxin limits by 800%, never worked at capacity and was fraught with ‘technical problems’ – sounds familiar to the past Brightstar story,in Wollongong. People who worked for that failed company were involved in Energos too. The Byker incinerator fiasco was theirs, as well as being involved in spreading dioxin-contaminated ash on allotments and agricultural land.  The current incinerator (now ‘operated’ by RRS,Shanks, Renewi,Interserve) is also fraught with ‘technical’ problems.

More info on cancer causing emissions from burning of plastics etc


The Halifax Project,1 a consortium of hundreds of scientists and physicians from around the world, recently identified the potential for chemicals that disrupt specific biological pathways, known as the hallmarks of cancer, to form carcinogenic mixtures.2 Similarly, the World Health Organization has identified 10 key mechanisms by which carcinogens act.3 These initiatives reflect the growing recognition that many carcinogens act on multiple biologic pathways that result in the cellular changes necessary for cancer development. In addition to single chemical carcinogens in isolation, scientists are learning that the disruption of multiple pathways sufficient to cause cancer can occur via the combined effect of a mixture of chemicals.

The IOW results were only published months after the polluting incident, so pollution spread across the Isle of Wight, onto agricultural land, towns etc, polluting everyone. Dioxin is the deadliest element known to mankind. (See Vietnam etc) Burnhard -sorry, Bernhard – Metals, which used to be on Litchurch Lane,(now replaced with a hotel) in Derby, was previously the 7th in the list of biggest emitters of dioxin in the UK (Environment Agency figures) The above CARS form from the Isle of Wight incineration plant – the prototype for Derby/Derbyshire incinerator being built on Sinfin Lane, in the 9th most polluted and deprived ward in UK, according to the Environment Agency. The IOW incineration plant is ‘run’ by a dormant company – https://www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/ltd/waste-gas-technology-(iow)

Under the Persistent Organic Pollutants Treaty – which the UK Government has signed – we are supposed to be reducing the creation of dioxin (produced by burning coloured plastics etc) not increasing it.

Dioxin affects women and children especially. When breathed in by pregnant women dioxin passes through the placenta and affects the foetus, causing birth defects. In Corby, during (very) poor decontamination of an ex-steelworks site, over 30 women breathed in the dioxin spread into the air. Their children were born with birth defects. Children with birth defects are still being born in Vietnam, despite Agent Orange being spread there in the 60s. It is a very persistent element. Disgustingly, the UK Health Protection Agency is to carry out studies of children with low birth weights, birth defects etc, in the vicinity of ‘modern’ incineration plants. Sinfin and Osmaston already suffer a high incidence of low birth weights and high infant mortality, so they have a good base of data to start from. NB Hazardous gases have also been ‘discovered’ on the Sinfin Lane site – where tannery waste was dumped for over 100 years – https://eplanning.derby.gov.uk/acolnet/DocumentsOnline/documents/82013_4… yet an ‘education’ centre is also planned for the site!

Derby City Council – who have to ‘procure’ waste of a certain ‘calorific’ nature, for the incineration plant (see contract page) are now getting rid of recycling, and thus forcing people to throw away more plastics. These end up in the ‘residual’ waste bin, which will be incinerated, causing more dioxin pollution. Increased levels of nitrogen dioxide will further worsen a designated Air Quality Management Area. Wither the Recycling Act. 

 Energos were involved in the Byker incinerator fiasco, where dioxin-contaminated ash was spread onto allotment paths and where pipes laid under the allotments actually blew up. Thankfully, no-one was injured. Over the years, many companies have changed their names, to protect the not-so innocent. See also pg 12 of http://www.no-burn.org/downloads/Incinerators%20in%20Disguise:%20Case%20…

United Utilities – behind Resource Recovery Solutions at one time, were involved in spreading dioxin-contaminated wastewater onto agricultural land in Lancashire,  and pouring dioxin-contaminated ash/wastewater down the sewers and culverts. They were caught out by the water company. Utd Utilities also inputted into the Derbyshire Waste Plan, claiming to be good ‘bund-makers’. Shanks bought some of Utd Utilities waste operations. The ‘bund’ created at the Sinfin Lane ex-tannery site (where hazardous gases were found a few weeks ago) and consisting of highly contaminated soil (see site report etc) has been placed on a large plastic sheet, so that’s alright then……


Brightstar – the previous incineration company behind the Derby ex-SWERF (see below) and whose people now work for ENERGOS were also involved in lying about Renewable Obligation Certificates, in the Derby Evening Telegraph, on 1st July 2002, claiming that they would qualify for monies by burning ‘organics’. OFGEM confirmed that they would not. Feedstock criteria is now changing for this accreditation and it has to be proved that the ‘waste’ feedstock is sustainable. As the incineration waste will consist of waste previously reused and recycled/composted, (See also   http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/BIN-ROW-blue-recycling-bin-collections-s…       the Derbyshire incineration plant will not qualify.

More reading –

pgs 13, 14 and 34 (thousands of litres of fossil fuel used in the burn) Burning Issues in Waste Disposal – http://www.no-burn.org/downloads/IncineratorsInDisguise.pdf

Evidence of Environmental Pollution Translocation from mother to foetus https://eplanning.derby.gov.uk/acolnet/DocumentsOnline/documents/29079_1… heavy metals also emitted by incineration/gasifying incineration, pyrolysis  etc WARNING Some of the images are shocking