York Residents Against Incineration


Work is now underway on the construction of the incinerator following a ground-breaking ceremony yesterday at the site. The ceremony was attended by Councillor Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for waste and countryside services from North Yorkshire County Council, and Cllr Tracey Simpson-Laing, Cabinet Member for Communities at City of York Council. Cllr Laing hailed the […]

York signs off the incinerator

October 19th, 2014

The Allerton incinerator project came before York Councillors at a Council Meeting on October 9th 2014 for what will probably be the last time. It was an eventful meeting – the ruling Labour group lost overall control of the Council during the meeting as two Councillors resigned from the group. One of the rebels, Councillor […]

For what will probably be the last time, YRAIN has written to all city Councillors ahead of the sign-off on the Allerton incinerator at Thursday’s Council meeting. The main thrust of our letter: the incinerator is more pointless and worse value than ever. Residual waste volumes (the amount left after recyclables have been removed) have […]

Despite the setback of £65 million of funding from DEFRA being withdrawn from the project due to it being seen as unnecessary, York and North Yorkshire councillors are now being urged to approve the plan in their respective meetings this week. The council officials claim to have conducted a thorough cost benefit and environmental analysis, […]

DEFRA announced yesterday that they would not now give the Allerton Park incinerator project PFI credits. This had a value of £65 million which would have paid for much of the construction costs. The announcement was brief and did not give much of an explanation for this sudden 11th hour U-turn. The rationale was that […]

Sweden now importing rubbish!

November 30th, 2012

Yes – Sweden is now importing 800,000 tonnes of rubbish from Norway per year to feed its army of incinerators. Sweden’s been big on incineration since the 40s, before we knew any better. So now that the recycling game’s caught up with them, they’re finding themselves short on rubbish to burn. But their incinerators are […]

A taste of what’s to come here in North Yorkshire: as waste volumes fall, councils who’ve already got big incinerators are having to make allowances to keep them running. Sheffield City Council have received a planning application to allow the Bernard Road incinerator to collect and burn waste from a huge area of Derbyshire and […]

Planning Permission Granted

November 4th, 2012

At a planning committee meeting on Tuesday October 30th, North Yorkshire County Councillors voted 9-2 in favour of granting planning permission for the Allerton Park waste incinerator. Activists from YRAIN, NYWAG and other environmental and community groups from across North Yorkshire protested outside the meeting, filmed and recorded by local and regional media. At the […]

There’s been a surge of media interest in the incinerator again ahead of the Planning Committee vote. The BBC One current affairs programme Inside Out on 29th November featured a reasonably in-depth report on the Allerton Park incinerator. The programme exposes what a waste of money this development would be when there are cheaper and […]

Open Letter to Ian Fielding

October 5th, 2012

Back in 2006 a group from YRAIN met with Ian Fielding, Assistant Director of Waste and Countryside Services at North Yorkshire County Council. We put our concerns to him about the waste volume projections and the unambitious recycling targets. We pointed out how  many Councils before us had ended up with oversized incinerators which were burning money. […]

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