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Zero tolerance for waste policy
17 April 2006 - HUGH BOWRING/UK

Anti-incinerator campaigners today hailed zero waste centres as the best
solution to the county's rubbish crisis - just as a charity tries to
create one to serve parts of Norfolk. Every county in the country is
facing crippling penalties for overuse of landfill sites from 2010 and is
looking for alternatives.

Norfolk County Council has controversially decided that the best option is
to burn refuse in a £90 million mass burn incinerator proposed for the
Longwater Industrial Estate in Costessey. However, in Suffolk a team of
innovative environmentalists are focusing on recycling and reusing
everything through the creation of a zero waste centre and generating more
than 100 jobs in the process.

The centres - which are also known as resource recovery parks - are big
news in other parts of the world but are yet to make their mark in
Britain. Last May charity Suffolk Connect was awarded £117,500 from Defra,
the Environment Agency and the East of England Development Agency to carry
out a study for such a park in the Waveney and Great Yarmouth area. Maxine
Narburgh, who is heading the project, said the centre would be capable of
dealing with 100,000 tonnes worth of residual rubbish a year and would
employ around 125 people. It would be designed to recycle and reuse a
dozen types of waste and discarded materials, with processed products
becoming available for immediate resale in their current state or for use
in manufacturing. "Every product can be broken down into one of these
categories - we haven't found anything that can't. It's all about applying
the right technology to the appropriate resource stream so your end result
is a product and resource of value. "On top of that there is no pollution
to the water, to the soil or to the air. It just makes sense."

Suffolk Connect estimates the capital cost of setting up the park would be
£7.1 million (not including land) and a further £1.6 million annually to
run it. The revenue generated from sale of materials and gate fees would
be in the region of £3.4 million a year.

One of the main challenges of running a successful park is encouraging
people to separate their rubbish at source to help the end of line
separation process.

"If it all comes in mixed up as it does to landfill then it won't be a
very viable or pleasant job to sort out," said Ms Narburgh, who is hoping
construction work will begin this year once a site, either in the Yarmouth
or Lowestoft areas, has been secured. She said a successful zero waste
scheme also relied on the Government increasing producer responsibility:
"Everybody needs to get involved to make this a success, but it is worth
it."

How it would work:

Household and trade waste that has not been separated out for recycling
will be trucked to the centre. This would then be separated either
automatically or manually into one of 12 different categories of
materials. These are: paper, polymers (such as plastics, rubbers, etc),
metals, chemicals, textiles, soils, ceramics, green waste, putrescibles
(for example food waste, animal slurry), wood and glass. These products
are grouped into five clusters covering organic, regulated materials and
chemicals, reusables, recyclables and construction materials. Clean
organic matter is treated through an onsite system called anaerobic
digestion. Whatever can be reused or recycled is sold off accordingly and
all other materials are treated on site using a raft of different
processes and technologies and then used in manufacturing and other areas.

The planning process for the incinerator:

Early 2006 - Scoping stage. Waste Recycling Group (WRG) to agree which
issues should be considered in the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA).
Includes public input.
Spring - Environmental Impact Assessment. Technical assessment of impacts
of the development proposed.
Spring/summer - WRG to consider outcomes of EIA and get further input from
local people before finalising the proposals.
Summer - WRG to submit planning application to Norfolk County Council and
an Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) permit application
to the Environment Agency
Summer/Autumn - Formal consultation by Norfolk County Council on the
planning application.
Winter - Further information and clarification from WRG if requested by
Norfolk County Council.
Winter 2006/ spring 2007 - Planning officers will give a report to the
council's planning committee. The committee will decide on whether or not
to grant planning permission or not.

What do you think of the plans for an incinerator in Costessey? Write to
Evening News Letters, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE, email
eveningnewsletters@no.address or visit www.eveningnews24.co.uk/forums

17 April 2006 - HUGH BOWRING

Anti-incinerator campaigners today hailed zero waste centres as the best
solution to the county's rubbish crisis - just as a charity tries to
create one to serve parts of Norfolk. Every county in the country is
facing crippling penalties for overuse of landfill sites from 2010 and is
looking for alternatives.

Norfolk County Council has controversially decided that the best option is
to burn refuse in a £90 million mass burn incinerator proposed for the
Longwater Industrial Estate in Costessey. However, in Suffolk a team of
innovative environmentalists are focusing on recycling and reusing
everything through the creation of a zero waste centre and generating more
than 100 jobs in the process.

The centres - which are also known as resource recovery parks - are big
news in other parts of the world but are yet to make their mark in
Britain. Last May charity Suffolk Connect was awarded £117,500 from Defra,
the Environment Agency and the East of England Development Agency to carry
out a study for such a park in the Waveney and Great Yarmouth area. Maxine
Narburgh, who is heading the project, said the centre would be capable of
dealing with 100,000 tonnes worth of residual rubbish a year and would
employ around 125 people. It would be designed to recycle and reuse a
dozen types of waste and discarded materials, with processed products
becoming available for immediate resale in their current state or for use
in manufacturing. "Every product can be broken down into one of these
categories - we haven't found anything that can't. It's all about applying
the right technology to the appropriate resource stream so your end result
is a product and resource of value. "On top of that there is no pollution
to the water, to the soil or to the air. It just makes sense."

Suffolk Connect estimates the capital cost of setting up the park would be
£7.1 million (not including land) and a further £1.6 million annually to
run it. The revenue generated from sale of materials and gate fees would
be in the region of £3.4 million a year.

One of the main challenges of running a successful park is encouraging
people to separate their rubbish at source to help the end of line
separation process.

"If it all comes in mixed up as it does to landfill then it won't be a
very viable or pleasant job to sort out," said Ms Narburgh, who is hoping
construction work will begin this year once a site, either in the Yarmouth
or Lowestoft areas, has been secured. She said a successful zero waste
scheme also relied on the Government increasing producer responsibility:
"Everybody needs to get involved to make this a success, but it is worth
it."

How it would work:

Household and trade waste that has not been separated out for recycling
will be trucked to the centre. This would then be separated either
automatically or manually into one of 12 different categories of
materials. These are: paper, polymers (such as plastics, rubbers, etc),
metals, chemicals, textiles, soils, ceramics, green waste, putrescibles
(for example food waste, animal slurry), wood and glass. These products
are grouped into five clusters covering organic, regulated materials and
chemicals, reusables, recyclables and construction materials. Clean
organic matter is treated through an onsite system called anaerobic
digestion. Whatever can be reused or recycled is sold off accordingly and
all other materials are treated on site using a raft of different
processes and technologies and then used in manufacturing and other areas.

The planning process for the incinerator:

Early 2006 - Scoping stage. Waste Recycling Group (WRG) to agree which
issues should be considered in the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA).
Includes public input.
Spring - Environmental Impact Assessment. Technical assessment of impacts
of the development proposed.
Spring/summer - WRG to consider outcomes of EIA and get further input from
local people before finalising the proposals.
Summer - WRG to submit planning application to Norfolk County Council and
an Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) permit application
to the Environment Agency
Summer/Autumn - Formal consultation by Norfolk County Council on the
planning application.
Winter - Further information and clarification from WRG if requested by
Norfolk County Council.
Winter 2006/ spring 2007 - Planning officers will give a report to the
council's planning committee. The committee will decide on whether or not
to grant planning permission or not.

What do you think of the plans for an incinerator in Costessey? Write to
Evening News Letters, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE, email
eveningnewsletters@no.address or visit _www.eveningnews24.co.uk/forums_
(http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/forums)
_Ricanthony@no.address (mailto:Ricanthony@no.address)
RichardAnthonyAssociates.com
San Diego, California



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