West Norfolk could be the best recycling district in the country after councillors agreed a ground-breaking scheme in opposition to plans for a waste incinerator.
Members of West Norfolk Council have voted to enter into a conditional contract with Material Works to recycle the area’s rubbish from April 2014 – which will be an alternative to incineration.
This technology will turn 90 per cent of the area’s domestic and commercial waste into wood replacement products to be used in the construction and other industries.
Councillors agreed to go ahead with the scheme during a meeting on Thursday - a day after the incinerator pre-inquiry.
Deputy leader Brian Long said: “This scheme moves the council to be one of the biggest recycling authorities in the country.”
Before the vote, Valley Hill ward member Michael Tilbury asked for an amendment to a clause which would allow the company to deal with waste from other authorities.
Mr Tilbury voiced his support for the scheme but said parish councillors had raised concerns about waste from elsewhere being sorted in West Norfolk.
He said: “We don’t want Norfolk County Council bringing wagon loads of rubbish across the county to West Norfolk. If the waste is coming to a West Norfolk facility does that make it any less offensive than if it is brought to a county council facility? What we are doing here is entering into an contract which will make ammunition for the other side to fire at us in the inquiry.”
Mr Long stated that the proposal follows the proximity principle, which deals with waste in the area where it is collected. He said that additional facilities could be built in different authorities.
The council agreed to a recommendation which was passed at the meeting.
WHAT WASTE WILL BE DEALT WITH BY MATERIAL WORKS
The company will sort all waste collected by the council including domestic black sacks and any trade waste.
what will it mean for the Incinerator plans?
West Norfolk Council has put Norfolk County Council on notice that it will no longer be sending black bin waste to the county for recycling. This could make the proposed case for an incinerator near Lynn considerably weaker as the town’s waste would not be sent to any future county council burner.