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Incinerator in Suffolk a waste of money?

A Suffolk County Councillor has said that proposed plans for the council to build an incinerator at Great Blakenham would waste the council money.

The council, which is currently run by a Conservative administration, has set itself an aspirational 60% recycling target by 2015 and is currently holding public consultations to discuss plans for a proposed incinerator in the county.

However, Suffolk County Labour Group leader for the environment Sandy Martin said: Most of Suffolk is recycling over 50% at the moment and will probably go over 70% by 2015. This will mean that there will be less waste to burn if people are recycling more and so there will be no need for an incinerator which will be ludicrously costly.

If the council do the right thing and invest more in recycling infrastructure then we will not have much waste to burn anyway and will save money by not investing in an incinerator.

Reducing waste actually makes you wealthier, if there is less waste you save on money waste is not a good thing.

Martin also claimed that the proposed incinerator would pose a health risk to the health of the people living in neighbouring Ipswich. He added: It is nonsense to claim that modern incinerators have no toxic emissions. Incinerators built since 1990 may be cleaner than the older ones were, but it is too soon to know the effects on people living next to them for 30 years. French studies identify all sorts of materials such as heavy metals whose effects we just do not yet understand.

Image: Cllr. Sandy Martin, Suffolk County Labour group leader for the envionment

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