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Norfolk’s waste will be shipped to Germany and the Netherlands for burning

12:01 20 November 2015

Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Incinerators in the Netherlands and Germany are to burn Norfolk’s rubbish, after councillors agreed to ship waste abroad.

Norfolk's waste will be sent to northern Europe to be burnt.Norfolk's waste will be sent to northern Europe to be burnt.

Waste will be dispatched to Costessey, Rackheath and Wisbech where metal would be removed with a giant magnet and the rest would be shredded before being exported across the North Sea under the proposals.

Norfolk County Council’s environment, development and transport committee agreed to the move at its meeting on Friday morning.

The council said the £68m four-year deal would dispose of 160,000 of the county’s 210,000 tonne waste mountain and save taxpayers £2m each year.

A further 40,000 tonnes of rubbish will be treated at the plant in Suffolk following a deal in May.

Objectors from Friends of the Earth held up ‘no incineration’ banners at the meeting.

A contract to build an incinerator at Saddlebow, in King’s Lynn, was ripped up last year.

Conservatives at today’s meeting accused their political opponents, who had campaigned against incineration in Norfolk, of hypocrisy in being prepared to send it abroad.

But Labour, Liberal Democrat and UKIP councillors said this was a pragmatic solution for the short term, while alternative technologies for dealing with waste are developed.

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2 comments

  • Why is it that in articles related to the disposal of Norfolks waste that no mention is made of the burning of hundreds of tonnes of residual green bin waste? this is currently being transported to a cement works at South Ferriby in Lincolnshire, being sold as a waste derived fuel called "Climafuel" This fuel contains many forms of plastics, waste oils, synthetic and wood fibres ETC, To burn this mix in an incinerator a company would have to abide by strict rules regarding emissions, these rules are relaxed if the mix is being burnt in a cement works kiln. The powers that be at County Hall seem happy to allow our waste to pollute anywhere as long as it is not on our own doorstep?

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    Norfolcia

    Sunday, November 22, 2015

  • When recycling in Norfolk is more expensive than recycling elsewhere then we should export our waste and look at the costs of local recycling again.

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    IanofNorfolk

    Friday, November 20, 2015

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