Headlines: April 12th, 2007



Rubbish from homes in the Salisbury area is to be used to generate power for the National Grid after Wiltshire County Council agreed a 25-year deal with Lakeside Energy from Waste Ltd. The agreement will see 50,000 tonnes a year of household waste from the south of the county going to a new energy from waste plant near Slough from next year.

Wiltshire will be one of a number of local authorities to benefit from the opening of the new plant which will handle 400,000 tonnes a year of waste to generate 37 megawatts of electricity, or enough to meet the needs of more than 50,000 homes. Lakeside is a joint venture between Grundon Waste Management and Viridor Waste Management.

Toby Sturgis, Wiltshire’s cabinet member for planning and waste, said the new contract was part of the authority’s long term waste management strategy, which includes a pledge to boost the proportion of waste that is recycled or converted into energy to achieve a massive cut in the amount buried in landfill. “Currently people in Wiltshire recycle almost 39 per cent of their household rubbish and that is a tremendous effort. The remainder is buried in landfill and we must look at different ways of reducing that total. This new arrangement is just one way of tackling it, together with measures to increase our recycling and encourage more waste reduction,” he said.

In his recent budget Gordon Brown announced that Landfill Tax would rise by eight pounds a tonne each year from April next year until at least 2011. The rise in the annual increase in the tax on active waste going to landfill, which will rise to 24 pounds per tonne next month, would see a level of 48 per tonne being reached in the 2010/11 financial year.