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Devon waste partnerships £1.5bn infrastructure bid moves forward

A bid for Government funding for a 30-year £1.582 billion waste infrastructure scheme will soon be submitted by the South West Devon Waste Partnership.

The partnership, which is being led by Plymouth City Council, hopes to get approval by September 2008, and then it can start inviting tenders. A council spokeswoman added: Procurement could take up to two and a half years.

Suggested technologies include recycling, composting and, controversially, energy from waste. However, Plymouth Council waste projects and commercial manager Mark Turner explained: The final decision on where and what sort of waste management facility is created will be decided as part of the tendering process, working with the contractor.

In a report going to Plymouth Councils cabinet next week, it is recommended that the council accepts the outline business case which would cost Plymouth £660 million over the period to 2039.

The report said that the do nothing option could cost all councils in the partnership £1.902bn, compared to the projected £1.582bn, accounting for the escalating costs of landfill and associated taxes.

It also recommends a legally binding joint working agreement between the councils to ensure that they recognise their responsibilities in the project.

The bid coincides with a Government inspectors approval for two Plymouth sites, Ernesettle and Coypool, to be used for waste infrastructure which would have a capacity of about 200,000 to 220,000 tonnes a year.

Image: Landmark Smeaton's Tower in Plymouth

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