Award for council project

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A COUNCIL has won a national award for an energy-from-waste project expected to save taxpayers a minimum of £350 million.

Suffolk County Council was short-listed with two other council finalists at the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Procurement.

It won the category for its £607 million project to turn 100 per cent of the county’s waste, left over after recycling, into energy because of the way the contract to design, build and run the site was handled.

The deal to secure the facility, which will be built in Great Blakenham, was recognised for its scale and complexity and for the way it will provide a cheaper, greener and more sustainable way of disposing of non-recyclable household waste.

Cllr Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s portfolio holder for waste, said: “It’s absolutely fitting that the project should be recognised on a national level for the way the deal was struck. It’s been a well thought-through, carefully planned and expertly managed programme.”

The site will also put the waste to good use as a fuel to generate electricity, providing enough to power 30,000 homes.

The electricity will be sold to the National Grid and there is the potential for local businesses to buy it at a reduced cost.