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Controversial waste incinerator given the go-ahead


6:06am 15th December 2010
(Updated 2:43pm 16th December 2010)

Controversial plans to build a waste incinerator near Knaresborough have today been given the go-ahead.

Members of North Yorkshire County Council voted 49/19 in favour of awarding the contract for the plant to Spanish firm AmeyCespa.

It's earmarked for Allerton Park; a site between York and Harrogate,

The vote was held after protestors campaigned against the plans outside County Hall in Northallerton, claiming the scheme will be a waste of money.

They say cheaper and more environmentally-friendly alternatives should be considered.

Now last week members of the City of York Council agreed to award the contract to AmeyCespa.

They claim the technologies include mechanical sorting and reclamation of around 20,000 tonnes a year of recyclable materials left in the waste which arrives at the facility; Anaerobic Digestion (AD) to treat food waste and produce green electricity; and Energy from Waste (incineration) which will produce enough electricity to supply around 40,000 homes.

It's also claimed the Waste PFI will save the two authorities (York and North Yorkshire) around £320 million on their combined waste management bills by significantly reducing the amount of waste going to landfill and reducing the amount of landfill tax the councils have to pay.

Officials in York say "At a time when public services are under extreme financial pressure, this saving will be an important contribution to avoiding cuts in other areas."

Subject to planning permission the plant could be operational by 2014.

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