Plans For West Norfolk Recycling Plant Secures £100m Funding

14-01-14(4)picMaterial Works announced yesterday (13 Jan) that it has secured £100m funding to build a plant in the borough that will create 200 new jobs and recycle more than 90 percent of the material that comes to it.

The company signed a contract with West Norfolk Council to process its waste in December 2012 (pictured) and it now plans to submit a planning application to Norfolk County Council by the spring.

The plant would treat around 30,000 tonnes of black bin waste plus 5,000 tonnes of food waste per year, plus 35,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste.

Nick Daubney – “It’s a great step forward. I’m really pleased Material Works have managed to secure the funding”

Omnicite would be created from the waste and will be used to make a range of building products and other materials.

Materials Works says it also has the funding for up to three other similar plants in Norfolk and is inviting interest from other councils.

West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney said: “It’s a great step forward. I’m really pleased Material Works have managed to secure the funding.”

He said the project would provide a cheaper and more acceptable alternative for dealing with the area’s waste.

He added: “Technology must be given time to deal with this and to crash ahead with a highly expensive incineration scheme is crazy.”

Managing director Robert Billson said: “We are now set to move this ground-breaking project forward. All the funding from major investors is in place and a highly suitable location has been identified.”

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