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County could build four incinerators

PUBLISHED: 10:22 30 October 2009 | UPDATED: 08:47 01 August 2010

FOUR incinerators could be built in Suffolk to handle waste disposal as the county council prepares for life after landfill.

In a report published yesterday, the county identifies the sites on which to dispose of the 600,000 tons of waste generated each year by households and businesses as well as a percentage of the rubbish from Greater London.

FOUR incinerators could be built in Suffolk to handle waste disposal as the county council prepares for life after landfill.

In a report published yesterday, the county identifies the sites on which to dispose of the 600,000 tons of waste generated each year by households and businesses as well as a percentage of the rubbish from Greater London.

The sites allocated are the former sugar beet factory in Sproughton, the former airfield at Eye, Mason's landfill at Great Blakenham, and the council's highways depot at Great Blakenham.

The outcome of a 16-month public consultation will be a major relief to residents of Stanton, near Bury St Edmunds, who were bitterly opposed to land at its former airfield being earmarked for a waste plant.

The sites have been chosen following a public consultation on Suffolk's plans for waste disposal, which sets out the planning strategy and policies for managing waste and includes the identification of strategic sites.

The strategy will go to the county's cabinet next month and will have to be approved by the full council at its December meeting.

Guy McGregor, portfolio holder for roads, transport and planning, said: “We are confident that four strategic sites will be sufficient for the treatment of Suffolk's residual waste and, as Stanton was the weakest site, I will be recommending that Cabinet approves its deletion from the core strategy.”

Four landfill sites will be used to deal with refuse which cannot be burned and the council has named them as Layham, Thorington, Foxhall, and Masons at Great Blakenham.

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