Boost to King’s Lynn incinerator alternative as funding secured

PUBLISHED: 14:02 13 January 2014 | UPDATED: 14:02 13 January 2014

The proposed site of the incinerator at Saddlebow. Picture: Ian Burt

The proposed site of the incinerator at Saddlebow. Picture: Ian Burt

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An alternative facility to the controversial incinerator, proposed for land near King’s Lynn, has been given a £100m boost.

Funding has been secured for the project which will see Chester-based company Material Works operate a plant in the West Norfolk area.

With funding secured work will now start on a detailed planning application for the construction of the multi-million pound facility which will be lodged with Norfolk County Council.

Material Works managing director Robert Billson said: : “We are now set to move this ground breaking project forward. “All the funding from major investors is in place and a highly suitable location has been identified, where we are taking an option, subject to a successful planning application.

“The new plant will generate up to 200 new jobs.

“The opportunity for neighbouring district councils to enter into contracts for this safe and highly sustainable method of waste management means that further plants would be built in the area, creating yet more jobs and keeping vehicle movements to a minimum.”

The plant will initially process around 30,000 tonnes of black bag waste and 5,000 tonnes of food waste per year, collected within the borough of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, as well as a further 35,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste, turning this waste into a range of construction products and other materials.

The new self contained plant will treat residual waste as a raw material resource and turn it into a usable end product.

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss greeted the news

She said: “This is a really positive development and illustrates that alternative forms of waste management are available at a competitive price.

“The gate fees of £55 per tonne of waste are considerably less than the fees estimated in Norfolk County Council’s Price Water House document of up to £105 per tonne for an energy from waste plant.

“Re-cycling rates are growing, waste will be reducing and this needs to be factored into any ongoing costs. The economics must stack up and represent good value for the tax payer.”

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