Summit on new ways of dealing with Norfolk’s waste
New ways of dealing with Norfolk's waste will be revealed at a seminar for MPs and councillors.
West Norfolk council, which is organising the event, claims a new approach could boost recycling across the county - and provide workable alternatives to the controversial incinerator planned for King's Lynn.
Council leader Nick Daubney said: 'Officers in West Norfolk were tasked by our Cabinet to identify ways in which we could increase recycling, not only here in West Norfolk, but across the whole of the county.
'In just a few weeks they have identified two technologies - both of which have the potential to significantly increase our recycling levels.
'Both options would cost far less than either landfill or incineration and would be much more environmentally friendly.
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'We've organised this seminar because we want to share our initial findings with our counterparts in other districts and because it is absolutely crucial that we all work togther in order to get the best result for the tax payers of Norfolk.'
The half-day seminar will include presentations from industry professionals and conclude with a question and answer session and debate about how the councils can work together to transform Norfolk's recycling record and reduce the amount of residual municipal waste.
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Representatives from DEFRA have also been invited and it is hoped that they will work with Norfolk's councils to bring forward these new technologies.
Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk, said: 'Norfolk used to be at the forefront of recycling and it could be again, if we take the opportunity to embrace these new technologies. Incineration is outmoded and outdated and as a county we should be looking to the future.
'West Norfolk council has identified two emerging alternative technologies which have huge potential for changing our approach to waste and recycling. There may well be others.
'I hope that all other councils will join them in exploring the options so that a low cost, green solution can be secured for Norfolk.'
Elizabeth Truss MP for South West Norfolk, said: 'I have been a strong advocate for a Norfolk wide waste authority with increased rates of recycling leading to savings for the tax payer.
'Alternative technologies do exist and these should be explored as a possible solution for dealing with Norfolk's waste.'
This invitation-only seminar is being held at The Ecotech Centre, Swaffham, on September 30.