Extraordinary Meeting 2, Full Council
Monday, 17th January, 2022 7.35 pm

Venue: Tottenham Green Leisure Centre 1 Philip Lane N15 4JA

Contact: Ayshe Simsek, Democratic Services and Scrutiny Manager 

Note: Motion on Edmonton Incinerator To watch the meeting Live click on the link provide on the Agenda front Page or add the following to your internet browser: Please note that there is limited public seating as Covid safety measures are being applied. 

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To consider the following Motions in accordance with Council Rules of Procedure No. 13 pdf icon PDF 165 KB

Motion E


Withdraw support for the Edmonton Incinerator


Proposer: Councillor Scott Emery

Seconder: Councillor Tammy Palmer


Council notes that:

  • Haringey has declared a Climate Emergency, and has committed to becoming net-zero carbon by 2041;
  • Residents have not been consulted on the Edmonton Incinerator project since 2015;
  • Renewal of the incinerator would cost over £1 billion, and could produce 700,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year;
  • Incinerators are far more polluting than even coal-fired power plants, for example releasing 2.5 times as much CO2 and three times as much nitrous oxides;
  • There are no plans for carbon capture facilities to be built alongside the incinerator;
  • In 2019/20, Haringey had a recycling rate of just 30%, down from 37% in 2014/15;
  • The London Assembly noted in February 2018 that incinerators can negatively affect long-term recycling rates;
  • 10,000 premature deaths are already linked to poor air quality each year in London, and 98% of the city’s schools are in areas where air pollution exceeds World Health Organisation limits;
  • Continued exposure to excessive levels of air pollution has been shown to stunt lung growth in children and worsen chronic diseases.

Council believes that:

  • Industrialised nations like the United Kingdom have a responsibility to reduce their carbon emissions more drastically than developing countries;
  • Continuation of the incinerator project is incompatible with both Haringey’s and the UK’s carbon reduction goals;
  • Given UK government CO2 reduction goals, the incinerator is likely to become obsolete, and possibly illegal, well before the end of its predicted lifespan;
  • A new incinerator would undermine recycling by causing a demand for waste;
  • Presenting landfill and incineration as the only two solutions to dealing with waste is misleading and inaccurate;
  • The future of our country must rely on a circular economy, with an increased focus on reducing waste and on recycling;
  • Building a new incinerator in Edmonton, close to the border with Tottenham, will worsen both economic and racial health disparities.


Council resolves to:

  • Pause and reconsider its support for the Edmonton Incinerator project, and lobby other boroughs to do the same;
  • Consult with local communities on their views on how to dispose of our waste;
  • Work with partners on the North London Waste Authority to prepare an alternative plan for waste disposal, which does not involve incineration;
  • Invest in increasing Haringey’s recycling rate.



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