Norfolk County Council has struck a two-year deal to send 20% of its residual waste to an incinerator in Suffolk following the demise of its own energy-from-waste project.
As part of the agreement some 40,000 tonnes of Norfolk’s residual household waste will be processed at Suffolk’s plant in the Great Blakenham, which is operated by Sita UK.
Most of that waste orginates from households in North Norfolk and Great Yarmouth and is currently sent to the Aldeby landfill site near Beccles.
Under the new agreement the waste will be transported to the Suffolk plant via road.
The deal will allow the local authorities to save around £1m each, as Suffolk will benefit from economy of scale and Norfolk will reduce landfill costs.
George Nobbs, leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “This deal demonstrates unequivocally that local authorities like us have the determination, the will, the ability and the maturity to share their services where such arrangements will bring mutual benefits. That is certainly the case with this agreement.”
The agreement is subject to Defra’s approval, but Norfolk said it expects waste to start being delivered to the plant in August.
Norfolk recently abandoned plans for the construction of its own EfW plant at King’s Lynn following delays in a review of the facility’s planning permission by the Department for Communities and Local Government.