Waste plant plans go on show

A chance to see plans for a revolutionary new waste plant in Norfolk, which usurped deeply unpopular proposals for an incinerator, is offered from today.

A chance to see plans for a revolutionary new waste plant in Norfolk, which usurped deeply unpopular proposals for an incinerator, is offered from today.

Billed as one of the most advanced facilities in Europe, the Mechanical Biological Treatment Plant is now the preferred option for Norfolk County Council's residual waste contract.

Sustainable Resource Management (SRM), the company behind the scheme, is running a roadshow to give residents a preview of the new plant.

It is planned to be built next to the Waste Recycling and Transfer Centre, operated by Norfolk Environmental Waste Services, at Costessey.

Mark Godden, who is directing the project for SRM, said: “Consulting with the public in the local area is a very important stage in the process to seek planning permission and build this new facility for Norfolk.

“It will provide residents with a chance to find out what the process is, how the plant works and why we are proposing this environmentally friendly way of dealing with waste in the future. We are extremely proud of this project, which is the first of its kind in Europe. We hope that people will come along and find out more and tell us what they think of our plans.”

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The new waste centre will be able to reuse more than 27.2pc of general waste that currently gets recycled in the county as well as generate green electricity for homes or gas to power vehicles.

It can also transform organic material into a safe product to be used for quarry restoration and other purposes.

The facility, hoped to be open by 2011, will not burn waste or send material for burning elsewhere in Norfolk or the UK.

The roadshow will visit:

t Easton Village Hall, today, May 17, 2pm to 5pm.

t Breckland Road Recreation Ground, May 18, 10am to midday.

t Longwater Lane Recreation Park, May 18, 2pm to 5pm.

t Sainsbury's car park, Longwater, May 19, 10am to 1pm.

t SRM has just launched a new website at www.srm-norfolk.co.uk, which contains detailed information about

the project and will be continually updated.

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