Should Norfolk County Council agree to the proposed waste disposal contract with Veolia, it could stand to save £2 million a year and cut carbon emissions by 47,000 tonnes.
The contract, spanning six years and worth £102 million, is awaiting approval from the Cabinet Office.
If the contract is awarded it would mean:
- Zero waste from Norfolk residents would be sent directly to landfill;
- Norfolk’s remaining waste would be used to generate energy in the UK;
- More recycling, with metals and aggregate recovered from used fuel; and
- 250,000 tonnes of carbon emissions saved over the six-year contract.
The report said: “The new contract would deliver additional recycling, provide a service based on zero waste direct to landfill, deliver improved value for money and savings of £2 million a year, and achieve significant carbon savings compared to landfill by using rubbish as a fuel in incinerators to generate energy within the United Kingdom.”
The waste would be sent to an energy-from-waste incinerator at Kemsley in Kent, before a new site is opened in Stewartby in Bedfordshire in late 2021.
As the contract value exceeds £100 million, if the Cabinet Office approves the deal – which will be discussed on 6 July – the view of the County Council will also be considered before awarding the contract.
Councillor Andy Grant, cabinet member for environment and waste, said: “This deal is a win-win for taxpayers and the environment – saving £2 million and 47,000 tonnes of carbon per year, by avoiding the need to dump waste in landfill sites.”
The online meeting is scheduled at 10am on Monday 6 July, and the agenda can be found here.
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