England burnt more waste than it recycled last year, prompting campaigners to call for a moratorium on all new incinerator projects. Recycling rates have fallen over the past five years in more than half of local authority areas and the nation incinerated 11.2 million tonnes of rubbish last year, compared with recycling and composting 10.9 million tonnes. Critics say that the proliferation of energy-from-waste incinerators, which burn rubbish to provide electricity, has caused recycling to fall while adding to carbon emissions pollution. The plants were welcomed in the 1990s as a way to divert rubbish from landfill while also generating electricity. There are 42 fully operational energy-from-waste plants in Britain and a further 20 either under construction or in late-stage commissioning. South Tyneside, which is contracted to send 42,100 tonnes to such a privately run incinerator a year, burnt 66 per cent of its rubbish in 2018. Meanwhile, recycling rates have fallen from 41 per cent in 2014 to 33 per cent — far less than a national target to recycle half of all household waste by next year.
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