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Investors back King’s Lynn residual waste and AD facility

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk has secured £100m to build a plant capable of dealing with 30,000 tonnes of residual waste and 5,000 tonnes of food waste per year.

Planning application for the facility, which will be owned and run by Chester-based Material Works, will be submitted to Norfolk County Council “within the next two to three months”.

Neighbouring councils have been invited to enter into contracts with the waste facility.

Material Works said it had also secured additional funding for three further plants in Norfolk. It said it would be “inviting interest from other authorities wishing to maximise the recycling of the waste materials they collect”.

Robert Billson, Material Works managing director, said: “We are now set to move this ground-breaking project forward. All the funding from major investors is in place and a highly suitable location has been identified, where we are taking an option, subject to a successful planning application.”

The new plant will process a further 35,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste once up and running.   

The council signed the 16-year contract with Material Works in December 2012.

At the time Norfolk County Council said that the deal would have no impact on its own plans to build a controversial energy-from-waste plant at the Willows Business Park in Saddlebow near King’s Lynn.

Local MP Elizabeth Truss, who opposes the Saddlebow incinerator, said the cost of waste management at the Material Works facility would be cheaper.

She said: “The gate fees of £55 per tonne of waste are considerably less than the fees estimated in NCC’s PricewaterhouseCoopers document of up to £105 per tonne for an EfW plant.

“Recycling rates are growing, waste will be reducing and this needs to be factored into any ongoing costs. The economics must stack up and represent good value for the tax payer.”

Truss has continued campaigning against the Saddlebow EfW.

“I have again this week written to the secretary of state Eric Pickles to ensure this is carefully looked into when he decides on the future of the proposed energy from waste plant in King’s Lynn,” she said.

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