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Waste incinerator site announced

Waste incinerator site announced

6:23am 30th June 2010
(Updated 5:58am 1st July 2010)

North Yorkshire's to have a new multi million pound waste incinerator. The county council has selected Allerton Park Quarry between York and Knaresborough as the site -

The Allerton Waste Recovery park promises to cut the amount of waste going to landfill by 90%.

Allerton Waste Recovery Park, which will be developed on an existing quarry, landfill and concrete production site, will:

  • Extract recyclable materials from residual waste, which means they can then be reprocessed into new products (residual waste is the rubbish which is left in householders' bins after kerbside recycling).
  • Extract food and organic waste from residual waste, with an Anaerobic Digester producing gas from the food waste that will be used to generate renewable energy.
  • Generate electricity from the remaining untreatable waste that cannot be recycled, with residue being used to create construction materials.

York and North Yorkshire households produce around 470,000 tonnes of waste a year and just over half (55%) currently ends up in landfill. By cutting the amount going to landfill, Allerton Waste Recovery Park will help City of York Council and North Yorkshire County Council to significantly exceed strict Government and EU targets on landfill diversion. This in turn will save money for both the council and the residents of York and North Yorkshire.

Bill Jarvis, director for the Allerton Waste Recovery Park project, said: "Our proven track record in selecting and operating recycling and recovery technology will enable us to construct the most suitable, cost effective and community-friendly solution to minimise landfill in York and North Yorkshire and return the benefits from recycling to local communities."

He added: "The biggest benefits will be that Allerton Waste Recovery Park will maximise recycling and avoid over 230,000 tonnes of rubbish a year having to go to landfill, thus saving money by not having to pay landfill tax which is set to increase year on year. By creating this new waste facility local residents could be saved from unnecessary future rises in council tax."

The will now start consulting with the local community on our proposals before submitting a planning application later this year. We have a number of roadshows planned and look forward to receiving feedback."

Opposition to the plan

Marton cum Grafton Parish Council are opposed to the scheme. They believe the plan is fatally flawed and should be stopped immediately, pending a thorough review of their central justification.

Local MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough Andrew Jones is also opposed to the plans and has vowed to help residents fight them.

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