Incinerator plan is abandoned

The spectre of a giant incinerator was removed from the Norfolk horizon last night as councillors backed a rival bid to deal with the county's waste. The county council's cabinet backed unanimously a proposal by Sustainable Resource Management (SRM) for a mechanical biological treatment plant at Costessey, near Norwich.

The spectre of a giant incinerator was removed from the Norfolk horizon last night as councillors backed a rival bid to deal with the county's waste.

The county council's cabinet backed unanimously a proposal by Sustainable Resource Management (SRM) for a mechanical biological treatment plant at Costessey, near Norwich.

Members agreed to appoint SRM as preferred bidder for the scheme - relegating to runner-up an incinerator proposal by WRG, which has caused controversy in the county for 18 months.

WRG had been in pole position to build a £90m incinerator on the Longwater industrial estate at Costessey, but public opposition and a last-minute switch to a former sewage works in Trowse put paid to the proposal.

The SRM proposal would combine technology known as anaerobic digestion with composting to process 150,000 tonnes of household waste currently earmarked for landfill sites.

Ian Monson, cabinet member for environment and waste, said: “2011 is the date we need to have something up and running. It is all catching up with us.

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“If we don't proceed now, we could fall behind and find ourselves heavily involved in fines.”

He said waste disposal currently cost the county council £10m a year. It would go up to £30m if nothing was done, but between £20-£23m with the new scheme in place.