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SITA to begin public engagement for Suffolk EfW

Public engagement on a new 250,000 tonne per annum energy from waste (EfW) facility planned for Suffolk is due to begin next week.

The facility at Great Blakenham is being proposed by SITA UK as part of a 25-year Suffolk County Council PFI residual waste treatment contract.

SITA UK is the preferred bidder for the contract and proposes to build the facility which would produce enough electricity to provide electricity to power 30,000 homes and would create around 43 long-term jobs.

Residents will be able to look at the plans for the facility as part of a public engagement process prior to the planning application being submitted later this year. The public exhibition will take place at Great Blakenham Village Hall on July 22 and 23.

SITA UK will be working with architects Grimshaw to produce a design for the EfW facility which is in keeping with the local environment.

Commenting on the project SITA UK project manager James Dowell said: “We want to ensure that local residents are fully informed about the proposals, recognise why we need to divert waste from landfill and understand how the facility sits alongside Suffolk Waste Partnership’s goal to recycle or compost 60% of municipal waste by 2015.

“This is the start of the public engagement process with more exhibitions and events planned for September and October to allow the whole of the county the chance to see and understand the proposals, before we submit a planning application in December 2010.”

The Suffolk Waste Partnership (SWP) is the group of councils in Suffolk that collect and dispose of the county’s municipal waste. The SWP comprises of all seven district and borough councils as well as the county council. The joint municipal waste management strategy for Suffolk sets out the strategic framework for the management of municipal waste and confirms the local authority’s commitment to working together. It was adopted in 2003 and covers the period until 2020.

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