Sita has offered £1 million for community projects in Cornwall if local residents agree to extend the life of a large landfill site.
The waste company, which operates the site at United Mines near Redruth, has said it could extend the life of the site for an extra 18 months. It is due to close in 2010.
When the site closes, waste from the west of the county will have to be transported to Cannon Bridge near Liskeard. The transport costs have been estimated by Sita to be £1m. But the company believes that when the site closes, 400,000 cubic metres will still be available to fill.
Sita Cornwalls general manager Louis de Poncheville said: We are working to provide the best service for Cornwall. I have to spend the £1m anyway and so I thought it would make sense to offer it to the communities and, if they agree, and we can prolong the lifetime of landfilling for the county, it would be very useful.
We are starting the work to close the site in 2010 but will change our plan if the community decides otherwise. There is economical and financial benefit to be considered but the choice is not in our hands.