A NEW incinerator tax should be brought in to discourage this type of "unwanted" waste disposal, according to Keighley's MP.

The call was made by John Grogan in the House of Commons, when he addressed Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Mr Grogan asked: "Given the recent report that indicated there is an excess of incineration capacity in the United Kingdom, which is discouraging recycling, is there not a case now for a tax on incineration, or even a moratorium on new incinerators?"

Mr Gove replied: "I know that my right honourable friend the chancellor will look with interest at that submission for the forthcoming budget."

Commenting after the Commons exchange, Mr Grogan added: "The next budget is due in November 2018, and I was encouraged by Mr Gove’s response.

"There is a tax on landfill so why not on incineration? All the evidence suggests that England now has an excess of incineration capacity. There is not enough waste to put in the existing plants.

"A tax would deter investment in unwanted new incinerators, such as that planned in Keighley."

Bradford Council-approved plans to build a £150 waste to energy burner next to the Aire Valley Bypass continue to face local opposition, with campaigners arguing it will pollute the valley and ruin the landscape's appearance.

Applicant Endless Energy has said the facility would comply with the highest European health standards, while creating additional employment.