Incinerator 'should be approved' say planners, as report reveals UK might not need any more incinerators
'YES' to the incinerator – that's the message from council planners.
Gloucestershire County Council officers announced yesterday that they are recommending approval of the controversial plans for a waste burner at Javelin Park, near Haresfield.
The announcement comes just days before the council's own planning committee decides the fate of the application by waste firm Urbaser Balfour Beatty.
Hundreds of people could witness councillors make their decision on March 21 at Kingsholm Stadium.
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If given the go-ahead, as looks set to be the case, the £500million burner will deal with 92 per cent of the county's residual waste and will run for the next 25 years.
But the recommendation comes as fears were raised that the UK will have too many incinerators. Some 100 of the burners are proposed nationally or are in the planning process – adding to the 32 that are already up and running. An influential report says they could become white elephants even before they are built.
Waste consultants Eunomia have warned that an overcapacity in the incinerator business could "compete with, not complement, recycling".
But the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has said that it will pull funding from some schemes to ensure no overcapacity occurs.
And Urbaser Balfour Beatty bosses remained buoyant in the wake of the report.
Project director Javier Peiro said: "The facility has been developed to support the county council's aspirations of recycling or composting 70 per cent of its municipal waste.
"Anything left after that still accounts for many thousands of tonnes of waste which needs to be dealt with.
"The council is doing the right thing in taking responsibility, rather than transporting it out of the county at much higher environmental and economic cost."