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Hull EfW facility moves a step closer

Construction of an Energy from Waste (EfW) facility in Hull has moved a step closer with approval granted by the local authority.

Hull City Council (HCC) gave its blessing to a planning application made by the Waste Recycling Group (WRG) to create the site at Salt End in the city.

The area earmarked for the development sits on the border between Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, with the latter already having given its consent to the project back in December 2006.

All that is needed now is a planning permit from the Environment Agency to operate the facility. If this is granted, construction is expected to begin later this year.

WRG group estates and planning manager Robert Asquith said: WRG is delighted to have received the backing of HCC for our proposed EfW facility at Salt End. With East Riding of Yorkshire Council having already given its approval, we now have the green light in planning terms.

This decision paves the way for a far more sustainable approach to dealing with the rubbish that is generated in Hull and East Riding. Salt End will play an essential role in helping Hull and East Riding councils to abandon their reliance on landfill, to further increase recycling rates and to recover valuable energy from the rubbish that is left over.

HCCs planning committee visited the site before hearing presentations from both WRG and objectors. Following a report from Hull City planning officers, which recommended approval, and debate, the committee voted for the application.

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