Suffolk County Council gives green light to waste plant at Great Blakenham

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SUFFOLK County Council today has agreed to the building of an energy from waste facility at Great Blakenham which will mean that all the county’s surplus waste will be burned to create electricity instead of ending up in landfill.

Earlier this month the Environment Agency issued the draft permit for the site which gave SITA UK the green light to go ahead.

Building work is due to start later this year and the plant should be open by December 2014.

The project will create 43 new permanent skilled jobs as well as 250 jobs at the peak of construction.

Today Suffolk County Council granted planning permission for the move which provides SITA UK with a 25-year contract to build and run the site.

The building has been designed by architects, Grimshaw, who designed the Eden Project in Cornwall.

Mark Bee, Leader of Suffolk County Council, said: “I am delighted we can now start work on this project which will provide Suffolk with a cheaper, greener solution for disposing of household waste which cannot reasonably be recycled.

“We are proud that Suffolk is one of the top recycling areas in the country with over half our household waste recycled. We want to do even better and aim to get to 60 per cent by 2015.”

Cllr Bee addede that this move would mean a saving of £350million over the life of the contract compared to the cost of continuing to send waste to landfill.

Cliff Matthews, Project Manager at SITA UK, said: “Today’s decision is excellent news for Suffolk. The days of sending thousands of tonnes of household waste to landfill are coming to an end.

“On a personal note, I would like to thank the people of Suffolk, particularly local residents in and around Great Blakenham, for the open way they have engaged with us.”