Ahead of a cabinet meeting held this week to discuss major changes to the councils waste management, Councillor Eddy Alcock, portfolio holder for environment, waste management and economic development said: The County Council currently favours an EfW solution. It is a good environmental choice, it is cheaper than all other options and we know it can work for Suffolk.
The council said EfW was a preference at this stage, which would need to be tested in detail. It said: If the market was to come up with an non-EfW proposal which better meets our needs the Council would want to adopt the new proposal.
Suffolks preference for EfW comes despite the response from its public consultation About Suffolk, where residents showed a preference for Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) over EfW. This was due to concerns over emissions from EfW, with the public perceiving MBT to be more environmentally friendly and leading to higher recycling rates.
The councils technology evaluation also showed a marginal preference for MBT. However its environmental report expressed a marginal preference for EfW, which also received more positive support from the market - as it was seen as more proven technology. Suffolk said the financial evidence was overwhelmingly in favour of EfW.