Re-think burning waste, says King’s Lynn councillor

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Burning West Norfolk’s rubbish will create fewer jobs than greener forms of waste management, a borough councillor has claimed.

County representatives will decide on Monday whether to allow incineration to be considered as a possible future waste disposal method, despite the axing of the controversial Lynn incinerator deal earlier this year.

But, ahead of that meeting, opponents of the technology have seized on a waste firm’s new report, which claims its method could create more than four times as many jobs as incineration.

Devon Contract Waste says its process, which it claims sends no waste at all to landfill, would create 18 jobs for every 35,000 tonnes of waste processed, compared to only four for incineration.

Ian Gourlay, borough councillor for the Fairstead ward, said: “This shows that there is a realistic alternative to landfill and incineration and I would hope that the County Council can take this into account at their next full council meeting.

“I’ve certainly had some interest from County Councillors I’ve shared the report with.”

Last month, a county council committee rejected a waste panel’s recommendation that incineration should be ruled out of future waste strategies.

The move renewed fears that an incinerator could still be built on the edge of Lynn.