Norfolk County Council to host waste summit

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Norfolk County Council chiefs are holding a conference today to discuss ways of dealing with the county’s waste following the collapse of the Lynn incinerator project.

The event, at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, is the second to be held since the authority terminated its contract with Cory Wheelabrator last spring.

Members of an all-party waste advisory group are currently developing waste management proposals for the period from April next year to 2020, which are expected to be unveiled next month.

Although the authority ruled out the future building of an incinerator in the county before Christmas, similar existing plants could still be called upon until new, longer-term proposals are brought forward.

Toby Coke, chairman of the council’s environment, development and transport committee, said: “The purpose of our conference is to get all those people who have an interest in Norfolk’s waste under one roof to discuss ways we can work together and come up with realistic solutions for dealing with the county’s residual household waste.

“In particular, it will help our Waste Advisory Group as it continues to firm up recommendations for how the county council should go about establishing a sustainable and acceptable waste management strategy for the future.

“Our new policies now provide the blue print as we continue to search for practical and tangible waste solutions which will help us properly deal with our waste for the long term, and in a way that’s right for Norfolk.”