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

Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire - Credit: PA

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. - Credit: IAN BURT

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.

You may also want to watch:

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.

Most Read

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.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter