A long-standing campaign group opposed to an incineration plant in Cornwall has commissioned its own research into an alternative plan for waste from the region.
Cornwall Waste Forum has engaged the waste consultancy Eunomia to carry out an independent assessment of their alternative plan, which includes the use of anaerobic digestion and increased recycling.
The group claimed that its plan for dealing with waste was “more environmentally friendly and cheaper” than the proposed incineration plant at St Dennis, reported This Is Cornwall.
Ken Rickard, chairman of the St Dennis branch of the forum, said: “The review will be led by Dr Dominic Hogg, the chairman of Eunomia, who is well known as the expert on food waste collection.
“The outcome of the review will influence our ongoing strategy and clarify grounds for further legal action.”
Cornwall council’s cabinet refused to assess the proposal from the forum side-by-side with the new revised plan for the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre at St Dennis. Members said it was not an option as they were not in a financial position to scrap the new incinerator.
Planning permission for the incineration plant was approved at the end of March this year, as MRW reported.
This followed the government succeeding in overturning a High Court ruling that planning permission had not properly considered conservation issues.
Sita UK is set to receive a loan of £25m as part of the revised agreement.