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Plaudits for waste project procurement

Suffolk County Council has won an award for outstanding achievement in procurement for its £607m energy-from-waste project.

The East Anglia authority’s 25-year waste treatment contract with SITA Suffolk will save taxpayers at least £350m by avoiding landfill taxes.

An EfW facility will be built in Great Blakenham, processing 269,000 tonnes of waste a year, providing enough electricity for 30,000 homes.

The recognition from the Society of Procurement Officers came in their award for Outstanding Achievement in Procurement.

Cllr Lisa Chambers said: “It’s absolutely fitting that the project should be recognised on a national level for the way the deal was struck. It’s been a well thought-through, carefully planned and expertly managed programme.

“I’m looking forward to the facility delivering significant benefits for decades to come and I hope the county council wins many more awards for its work.” 

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