Hartlebury waste incinerator approved by local councils

Artist's impression of waste facility near Hartlebury, Worcestershire Mercia Waste Management said the incinerator will create 30 permanent jobs

Related Stories

Plans to build a £120m waste incinerator in Worcestershire have been approved by two councils.

The cabinets at Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council have backed plans for the 200,000-tonne energy from waste plant at Hartlebury.

The incinerator, which will be managed by Mercia Waste Management, will supply 20,000 homes per year.

Campaigners against the incinerator claim concerns over cost and the environmental impact have been ignored.

A final decision on the plans will be made by the full council of both authorities and central government in early 2014.

The new plant, called EnviRecover, would create 30 permanent jobs and around 200 jobs during the construction process, Mercia Waste Management said.

'Generate electricity'

A council report said when the firm's contract expired in 2023 the incinerator would be given to the local authorities to run.

It said it would be in use "until about 2042", by which time both councils would have spent £1.6bn on the plant.

Anthony Blagg from Worcestershire County Council said: "If we'd have done nothing that would cost us more than £2bn by 2042."

"This is also more environmentally friendly because we'll be able to generate electricity from the waste to send back to the grid, which would be enough to power a town the size of Kidderminster."

Ray Kirby from Worcester residents Against Incineration and Landfill (WAIL) said: "Our concerns have been totally ignored.

"Government waste statistics show recycling is going up, waste to landfill is going down and current incinerator capacity in the West Midlands is more than enough.

"There are cuts being made to services by both councils and they could cure that in one foul swoop by not building the incinerator."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Hereford & Worcester

Weather

Worcester

18 °C 13 °C

Features

  • A painting of the White House on fire by Tom FreemanFinders keepers

    The odd objects looted by the British from Washington in 1814


  • Chris and Regina Catrambone with their daughter Maria LuisaSOS

    The millionaires who rescue people at sea


  • Plane7 days quiz

    What unusual offence got a Frenchman thrown off a plane?


  • Children testing a bridge at a model-making summer school in Crawley, West SussexSeeding science Watch

    The retired professor who turned village children into engineers


  • Krouwa Erick, the doctor in Sipilou town at the border of Ivory Coast and Guinea - 27 August 2014Bad trip

    The Ebola journey no-one in Ivory Coast wants to take


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.