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A report on waste infrastructure by consultants Eunomia released this week,  may highlight a ” major risk of financial failure” of Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils’ multi million pound incinerator project.  This is according to leading Aberdeenshire Councillor, Paul Johnston.

“The report indicates that under likely scenarios the plant will be at risk of being surplus to requirements with increasing recycling rates even before it is fully working.” said the leader of the council’s Democratic Independent and Green Group.

“Eunomia as respected researchers, indicate that too much capacity could either reduce recycling rates or make surplus capacity incinerators go bust. The councils , if they decide to legally commit to such a major project, face a major risk of financial failure”

“This should be a signal for Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Council to stop, take a deep breath and to go back and take a long hard look at the alternatives before they waste as much as £180 million on a white elephant. ”

” Each new report such as this from Eunomia or the chartered institute of Waste Management and even from advice out of the European Union waste directorate is adding more and more evidence that the city and Shire have they got it wrong in opting for incineration.  It is financially too risky as well as being environmentally unsound.”

The Incinerator described as a white elephant, proposed in the city which is will cost Aberdeenshire £80million – more than the AWPR.

The  Eunomia report is available at:


Councillor Paul Johnston is a Democratic Independent Councillor on Aberdeenshire Council and is a campaigner on waste and recycling issues as a member of CRNS the community resource charity.



Aberdeenshire Council has moved to go down the line of building a large incinerator plant for waste. This is in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, who have a site in Torry.  Also Moray Council wish to export their waste to the area.

I had the opportunity in the debate of moving an amendment to the motion to proceed with the joint venture owned by the three councils.  The text of the motion s below. There have always been alternatives, but owning yesterdays technology for tomorrows issues is nuts. The Council is taking one hell of a gamble because of the certain changes coming about with how deal with materials in the current waste stream.

Proposed by Councillor Paul Johnston, seconded by Councillor Martin Ford.

  • That the Council notes the report and the proposed agreement (with Aberdeen City and Moray for a new Incinerator)
  • The Council resolves not to adopt this agreement  or to  proceed to the Inter Authority Agreement (IAA) stage 2 due to unacceptable levels of financial and environmental risk.
  • The Council resolves to bring to the earliest possible meeting, a report on steps to minimise the materials to incineration as part of any interim measure and plan to phase out the landfill and incineration of Biodegradble Municipal Waste (BMW) in line with zero waste targets.
  • The Council notes the existing and future overcapacity of incineration facilities for refuse derived fuel in Scotland, UK and Europe.
  • The Council seeks agreement with Aberdeen City and Moray to maximise the recovery of valuable material from Biodegrade Municipal Waste (BMW) by use of Energy from Waste (EfW) through Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and through the use of composting and bio digestion to achieve zero waste objectives for biodegradable materials.

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