Sita UK has been given planning permission for the construction of a 269,000-tonne energy-from-waste (EfW) facility at Great Blakenham, Ipswich, as part of its £1bn PFI contract with Suffolk County Council.
The facility, which will provide electricity for 30,000 homes by the time it reaches completion in 2014, will manage all of Suffolk’s residual household waste. It will also feature a visitor centre, landscaped wetland area and an ash processing facility.
Sita UK EfW regional manager Cliff Matthews said: “I would like to thank the people of Suffolk, particularly local residents in and around Great Blakenham, for the open way they have engaged with us since we began consulting on our planning application. We will continue to work closely with local residents as we move to the construction phase later this year.”
Suffolk County Council leader Mark Bee said he was “delighted” that work could begin on the project. “We are proud that Suffolk is one of the top recycling areas in the country, with more than half our household waste recycled. We want to do even better and aim to get to 60% by 2015.”