Norfolk County Council last night said it backed new technology which supporters claim offers “a landmark opportunity” to increase recycling and avoid burning our waste.

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But its deputy leader said it could not scrap plans for a controversial incinerator, because it had already signed a legally-binding contract.

West Norfolk council yesterday confirmed the signing of a 16-year contract with Chester-based Material Works to process the 35,000 tonnes of waste produced in the borough each year.

It said it would provide taxpayers with “a viable and cost-effective, long-term alternative” means of dealing with its waste.

Robert Billson, managing director of Material Works, said: “This contract provides a landmark opportunity towards the integrated processing of mixed waste containing organics and polymers.

“It is significant not only for King’s Lynn and the surrounding areas but also for the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.”

Mr Billson said the processs would be able to recycle waste for £55 per tonne, saving millions. If Material Works can obtain the necessary permits, the cost would be met by the county council.

Brian Long, deputy leader of West Norfolk council, said: “The initiatives taken by Material Works Ltd and the introduction of their technology to us has enabled the council to secure a viable and cost-effective alternative to landfilling of waste, which is more environmentally and financially beneficial for the authority and for our council tax payers.”

North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham said: “There is no doubt in my mind that the county council’s proposal for an incinerator at Saddlebow is a dreadfully flawed scheme. It is yesterday’s technology in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“In stark contrast, the Material Works proposal is pioneering and really does represent a remarkable breakthrough, because it combines with the anaerobic digestion process a system for managing the residual waste stream.

“The county council needs to scrap its crazy incinerator proposal and go for three or four of these plants, which will carry public support with them, save a lot of money, create jobs and represent a far better way forward for Norfolk’s waste.”

Bill Borrett, the county council’s cabinet member for environment and waste, said: “I am happy to support the borough council’s conditional contract with Material Works.

“The county council is keen to increase genuine recycling and, after all, there is one million tonnes of waste generated here in Norfolk every year and the Energy from Waste project proposed for at Kings Lynn will only deal with a small proportion of that.

“As Henry Bellingham well knows, the county council signed a binding legal contract back in February for the provision of the Energy from Waste plant at King’s Lynn. The scheme is currently awaiting scrutiny from the secretary of state and if it is decided that it has been run “by the book” then there is no opportunity for it to be cancelled.”

Material Works said it would be inviting other councils to sign up to recycle their waste. Last night North Norfolk District Council said it was keeping a watching brief on the new process.

Material Works said it was close to confirming a site for its plant, which will bring 200 jobs to Lynn.

13 comments

  • They were told not to sign the contract. They were legally advised not to sign the contract. Thousands of people in Norfolk objected to them announcing they were signing the contract. The fact they are now in trouble because they stupidly signed the contract is their fault. I hope the cabinet who were in place at the time this stupid action was taken are held jointly and severally financially responsible with the County Council officers and legal advisers for their catastrophic mistake.

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    Electra

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

  • Is Cllr Borrett trying to suggest that NCC – and therefore the taxpaying body – is responsible for disposing of all of the one million tonnes of waste produced in Norfolk each year? I sincerely hope not. NCC is the waste disposal authority responsible for residual municipal solid waste alone, and that amounts to well short of one half of the total waste produced. (The figure is also constantly reducing as recycling and composting figures increase.) The remaining waste is commercial and industrial waste and the obligation for its disposal, and the cost of that disposal, lies with the producers. It is entirely wrong that the taxpaying body should shoulder any of that cost, though indirectly it will do so at Saddlebow – if the waste incinerator is built – because it will be paying for a plant intended to take, in addition to residual municipal solid waste, one hundred thousand tonnes of commercial and industrial waste each year sourced by Cory Wheelabrator. And that company will take the profits from disposing of that waste. The best course for NCC now is to buy its way out of the contract. It will be cheaper in the long term.

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    Nemesis

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

  • Why do we have to read the truth about waste in the comments column? Why are the NCC completely incapable of letting the voters have the truth. I agree with Nemesis. It will save us money in the long term letting Cory Wheelabrator have their £20 million so they can disappear off into the sunset. In the meantime can we also press some used fivers into the cabinet's greasy trotters. They would also vanish as well (so long as it was enough) and we could find decent people to do the job.

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    Electra

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

  • When the county councillors were elected at the last county elections did they not undertake a 'contract' with the electorate to carry out their wishes? I think they are very selective in what they do and what don't do. They are a rule unto themselves and have only self-interest at heart we are fed up with being told what Murphy and Borrett and the rest of the cabinet are doing for the so-called good of the people.

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    maryjane

    Sunday, December 16, 2012

  • Pffft! Bill Borrett was pictured on this very website last year gleefully rolling around in all the recoverable material that his current useless facilities CAN'T recycle whilst cheerfully tooting about sending it all off to a cement factory to be burnt. He loves recycling all right. Not.

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    User Removed

    Monday, December 17, 2012

  • NCC mostly does as it pleases so why should the fact that they are bound to this contract be any different? They break contracts and rules all the time! Just pay Cory the £20million and tell them to go far away!

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    Sandy.L

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

  • Well said MR Saddlebow and X Files. I for one do not want my community charge lining the pockets of criminals. Over 20 years CW has had 65 fines for fraud and pollution. http:news.bbc.co.uk1hiprogrammesdocumentary_archive6214892.stm http:ask.yahoo.com20060404.html The waste industry in the USA has been run by the mob for years now moving to Europe as USA legislation will not allow new incinerators to be built. No incinerator has been built since 1994!

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    Knee deep In Toxic ash

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • Some truths for you all. Having read the same press release in the trade press i note that one of the conditions of the Materials Works Plant is to achieve End of Waste Criteria. I thought it would be useful to let you know that once the material has come out of the digester at the end of this process it will not be possible for it to achieve the PAS110 accreditation required to be classed as recycling - this is because the input material is mixed black bag residual waste, and not source separated. I would not have expected West Norfolk Council to have researched this properly given that the signing of this contract is nothing more than a political statement to keep the NIMBYs off their backs. From experience, £55 per tonne for MBT with AD is a little on the optimistic side!

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    Yorkshire

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • The waste industry in the USA has been run by the mob for years now moving to Europe as USA legislation will not allow new incinerators to be built. No incinerator has been built since 1994! They even have a show about the mob running the waste industry called the Sopranos. Google, sopranos waste industry

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    Knee deep In Toxic ash

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • When other EU countries are operating a cyclical resource economy, employing vastly more people in modern cutting edge recycling businesses, then we should join them not look for outdated filthy processes that will leave us with fly ash and other liabilities. The economics of this contract councillors signed with cory wheelabrator, despite being advised not to by their contract partners, i.e.us, indeed we communicated our wishes twice, that we want to reduce, reuse and recycle, these economics are linear, inefficient and job destroying, in short they are unsustainable, a last ditch effort by useless cllr.s who never had the intention to take on the good examples provided by other councils here in the east.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • The actual figure for residual waste, that waste which is not recycled or composted, for which Norfolk County Council has responsibility to dispose of is just over 200,000 tonnes each year. They are not responsible for dealing with commercial waste unless it is collected by the District, City or Borough Councils but that waste is included in the figure above. Quoting a figure which is the total waste produced in Norfolk is misleading. The numbers are found on the official Environment Agency database Waste Data Flow which all Councils have to put thier figures in to. A five fold technical fib, I believe.

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    Econic

    Sunday, December 16, 2012

  • As usual with you @Yorkshire your posts are a little wide of the mark when it comes to the 'truth'.... Householders will continue to sort their recycling and with the introduction of a seperate food waste collection, the composition of the remaining black bag residential waste will lend itself quite well to the proposal. Oh, and of course the intention by Material Works to double check the waste for recoverable materials before it goes through the process therefore meeting the PAS110 criteria at the other side.

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    Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • If all the waste is treated and turned into valuable building products this must be virtually 100% recycling. Incineration has all the ingredients for cancer; from toxic bottom ash to carcinogenic flue ash that ends up in an allegedly secure landfill site “in someone else’s backyard” (ISEB) One good point worth mentioning is the more proper gander from County Hall at the planning inquiry means less votes for the (FLGVFBCC) “Follow Leader gain valuable financial benefits County councillors” at next Mays elections.

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    Alan Allan

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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