Environmental journalist and campaigner Lucy Seigle investigates the rise of waste incineration in the UK, examining how millions of tonnes of waste that we leave out for recycling actually end up being burned. For Dispatches, Seigle reveals which areas of the country incinerate the most, and questions whether the massive rise in the practice is holding back our recycling rates. And as the government promises to cut pollution from greenhouse gasses, the rise in carbon emissions from incineration is put under the spotlight, with exclusive research revealing it’s on course to become the UK’s dirtiest form of energy production. The programme also looks at how councils are locked into expensive contracts with incinerator operators forcing them to burn waste for decades to come.
The Dirty Truth About Your Rubbish: Dispatches – Monday 8pm on Channel 4