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Councils at war over King’s Lynn incinerator

Norfolk CC has accused King’s Lynn & West Norfolk BC of attempting to derail a controversial incinerator project after it claimed new technology could be used to recycle nearly all of its black bin waste.

King’s Lynn & West Norfolk BC has strongly challenged plans by Norfolk CC to build an £500m energy-from-waste facility at Saddlebow. Norfolk CC’s planning committee is set give its decision on the incinerator on 29 June.

King’s Lynn & West Norfolk BC said it was now considering commissioning a cutting-edge facility capable of recycling up to 98% of black bin waste. The council claims this new technology is sustainable and cheaper than incineration.

Council leader Nick Daubney said a facility would create between 200 and 300 jobs.

But Bill Borrett, Norfolk CC’s cabinet member for environment and waste, said the timing of the announcement was a “rather cynical last-minute attempt” to disrupt the planning process.

He said: “To our knowledge, this company is not providing anything near a 100% black bag recycling scheme anywhere in the country and the borough failed to receive a single tender from its much publicised recent procurement exercise which sought a lower rate of recycling yet which it reported as having failed.”

Mr Borrett said the county had repeatedly asked the borough council for details of their scheme, but had heard nothing until Mr Daubney briefed the local press this week.

He added: “I fear this is a headline grabbing attempt to confuse the issue, not a credible plan to help solve the problem of Norfolk’s waste.”

Cory Environmental and Wheelabrator Technologies submitted a planning application for the Willows Power and Recycling Centre EfW plant at Saddlebow in June last year. If it becomes operational it will be capable of processing 98,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste each year and generate enough electricity to power 36,000 homes.

In April this year King’s Lynn & West Norfolk BC applied for a judicial review over the decision taken by environment secretary Caroline Spelman to grant Waste Infrastructure Credits for the scheme.

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