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Incinerator plans in dispute

Claims that King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council can use new technology to recycle nearly all black bin waste have been labelled as an attempt to prevent a controversial incinerator project from going ahead.

The planned facility, proposed by Norfolk County Council, would cost £500m and would create between 200 and 300 jobs in the area.

While West Norfolk Borough Council leader Nick Daubney told the BBC that it was essential to “embrace new opportunities” when it comes to waste management, Norfolk County Council have seen the new technology as a means of disrupting the Saddlebow incinerator scheme.

King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council are in talks with Material Works, a group who can process most waste materials which normally go to landfill sites through processing the waste into granules of a plastic-like substance which can then be used to turn the waste into products such as fence panels and tiles.

Material Works claim that their method of waste disposal would cost taxpayers nearly half the amount it would cost to take the same waste to landfill sites.

A planning application was submitted last year by Cory Environmental and Wheelabrator Technologies for the power and recycling centre at Saddlebow which would be able to process 98,000 tonnes of both commercial and industrial waste a year which would produce enough electricity for 39,000 homes.

Norfolk County Council’s planning committee will give its decision on the incinerator on 29 June.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Francesca Dent .

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