It's your rubbish, you decide . . .
18th March 2008 - the following article is reproduced by kind permission of Lynn News
LOCAL people are being given a chance to have their say on how their rubbish is dealt with, against a backdrop of controversial incinerators not being ruled out.
Norfolk County Council is looking at options for the treatment of waste in the county, having already decided it will send roughly half to a new treatment facility at Costessey, near Norwich, from 2010.
Seven potential West Norfolk sites have already been identified as possible "thermal treatment" centres, including North Lynn and Saddlebow.
Thermal treatment is an umbrella term used to cover various processes for waste treatment, including incineration.
Ahead of any action, a public consultation was launched yesterday on "The future of waste in Norfolk – what's important to you?".
The consultation is asking for views on the factors residents feel are most important to them when considering future waste solutions such as whether solutions are proven and reliable, how much extra recycling is generated, how much it costs, whether or not energy is generated and local environmental factors.
At present, Norfolk households recycle more than a third of their rubbish, but this leaves about 250,000 tonnes of waste sent to landfill sites every year.
Cabinet member for Environment and Waste Ian Monson said: "It is no longer acceptable to just keep burying waste in landfill sites, so we are now focusing on the waste that is still left over after recycling.
"It is essential that we find alternatives which make better use of waste as a resource and recover even more materials and value from it."
Everyone was responsible for creating waste so everyone was invited to have their say on what future solutions might be. But he added: "Norfolk County Council is keeping options open on the type of waste treatment solution, no technologies are being ruled in or out."
Any proposed waste treatment facility would be subject to planning permission, providing more public consultation opportunity.
Anyone wanting to take part in the consultation should visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/futureofwaste, fill in the Freepost questionnaire in last Friday's Lynn News or ring 0844 800 8004.
The closing date is Friday, April 11.