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Norfolk approves talks with Suffolk to manage waste

Norfolk County Council has agreed to seek a partnership with neighbouring authority Suffolk to help dispose some of its waste, after ditching its controversial incinerator plans.

Norfolk’s ruling cabinet has approved recommendations in a report from the interim director of environment, transport and development which urged exploring the opportunity to delegate some waste functions to Suffolk, while a longer term solution was found.

The recommendations said this should happen if the arrangement delivered savings of more than £10,000 per year, amounted to no more than 50,000 tonnes annually and lasted no longer than 36 months.

Suffolk County Council is expecting its waste treatment service to start in June when its facility enters the commissioning phase.

The report recommends: “Where there is the opportunity to improve value for money by entering in to an arrangement by which certain limited waste disposal functions would be provided by Suffolk County Council in its facility, it is advisable that the county council should seek to take advantage of this.”

Norfolk County Council is also examining options to help pay the shortfall of its £30m bill for cancelling the contract with Cory Wheelabrator, which includes some cuts to services.

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