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Sita energy-from-waste plant plans rejected by Cornwall

Plans for a 240,000 tonne a year energy-from-waste facility in Cornwall have been rejected by county council planners. Sita, the company which submitted the plans, said it was disappointed with the decision.

It has a 30-year private finance initiative contract (which started in 2006) with Cornwall County Council and the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre was part of county-wide plans.

A Sita spokesman told MRW that the company had not yet decided whether to appeal the decision or make alternative plans for dealing with the waste that would have gone to CERC.

Sita general manager Louis de Poncheville said: We are disappointed that the planning committee has not supported our proposal. We have provided an application for an energy-from-waste facility in central Cornwall, which is in line with waste policy.

"The CERC would complement recycling and provide a sustainable solution to dealing with Cornwalls waste by moving away from landfill. We were pleased to see that the key environmental consultees were supportive of the proposals and confirmed they had no issues with the planning application.

Cornwall has some important decisions to make now as time is running out and landfill sites are fast running out of space. Cornwall needs to have a local solution to dealing with its waste and should not be faced with having to rely on transporting it to landfill sites outside the county.


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