The United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) was central to the coordinated efforts that in 2015 brought repeated successes in derailing numerous gasification proposals associated with Clean Power Properties.
We believe that we managed to delay at least 9 of these projects beyond their subsidy cut-off date. This was achieved through actions taken in conjunction with member groups and directly as UKWIN, e.g. UKWIN evidence submitted to inform local planning decisions, national planning inquiries, and environmental permitting consultations.
In 2015 UKWIN also held a successful Campaign Strategy Workshop that brought anti-incineration, anti-biomass and pro-zero-waste campaigners together to compare notes and to engage in strategic discussions regarding how to build our Zero Waste movement in the UK.
The Hungarian Network of Zero Waste Towns was been launched with 10 municipalities already signed by the end of 2015.
Between 2-4th November the first international Zero Waste Conference was organized in Budapest. During the three days more than 200 people participated from various fields: municipalities, businesses, kindergartens, schools, universities and NGOs.
We have coordinated the national network of Green Kindergartens and Ecoschools and thanks to our work and the work of our member organisations, hundreds of teachers had been mentored and trained and many kindergartens and schools had won the ‘Green’ title.
A competition was started for citizens to redesign old stuff into something new. From the best works we made an exhibition that toured around Hungary. It was a great success and this year we will be able to continue it.
European Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella made a statement at the Italian Parliament that some of our zero waste communities (including Treviso and Capannori) are the best examples of “Circular Economy made real”
Our Paper on Landfill Bans (making the case against them) proved that Zero Waste schemes are minimising disposal much more than incineration-based schemes.