Plans for dealing with Hertfordshire’s waste turned down

Borehamwood Times: Hertfordshire County Council and Veolia were informed yesterday that Veolia’s plans to build the facility in New Barnfield, Hatfield, have been rejected. Hertfordshire County Council and Veolia were informed yesterday that Veolia’s plans to build the facility in New Barnfield, Hatfield, have been rejected.

Proposals to build an incinerator to generate electricity from the county's refuse have been turned down by the Secretary of State.

Hertfordshire County Council and Veolia were informed yesterday that Veolia’s plans to build the plant in New Barnfield, Hatfield, have been rejected.

The county council is responsible for finding ways to dispose of the 540,000 tonnes of waste that Hertfordshire's residents produce each year.

Although Hertfordshire residents already recycle 49.1 per cent of household waste, last year more than 275,000 tonnes of municipal waste was not recycled.

Terry Douris, cabinet member for waste management, said: “This is very disappointing news. We urgently need an efficient and cost-effective way of dealing with Hertfordshire’s residual waste that will help us divert the maximum possible amount of waste away from landfill.

"Building this recycling and energy recovery facility would save Hertfordshire residents an estimated £667m over 25 years. Doing nothing simply isn’t an option.

“We are fully aware that there have been concerns in the local area about these plans and we remain sensitive to these. We will now, with Veolia, consider our next steps.”

The council is already facing criticism over the release of a consultation that suggests the closure of the Elstree Recycling Centre, off Allum Lane.

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7:38am Wed 9 Jul 14

ANt Gee says...

surely keeping open current recycling centres such as Allum Lane in Elstree is even more important now...
surely keeping open current recycling centres such as Allum Lane in Elstree is even more important now... ANt Gee
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10:11am Wed 9 Jul 14

david Burcombe says...

It is important that we retain Elstree plant or recycling will be down to 0 in Borehamwood and district
It is important that we retain Elstree plant or recycling will be down to 0 in Borehamwood and district david Burcombe
  • Score: 8

10:09pm Sun 13 Jul 14

sj6 says...

If you want accurate information on the waste incinerator which fortunately has been refused take a look at the Welwyn Hatfield Times website. The B/W times has given it very little type space even thought the cancer causing particles could have travelled IRO 8 miles from the site just bringing it into Borehamwood depending on which way the winds blows. this is the same incinerator where they had included Radlett as a possible site and the good people of Radlett fought hard to not have it built there.
This account is incorrect in that the incinerator was to take up to 380,000 tonnes of rubbish. The rubbish to be burned would be from Hertfordshire as well as commercial, industrial and clinical waste from anywhere in the U.K. A lot of people have worked and fought hard for this decision.
As the incinerator would only have been for rubbish delivered in lorries I doubt that it would have had any effect on the recycling centre in Allum Lane which is always busy and much needed.
If you want accurate information on the waste incinerator which fortunately has been refused take a look at the Welwyn Hatfield Times website. The B/W times has given it very little type space even thought the cancer causing particles could have travelled IRO 8 miles from the site just bringing it into Borehamwood depending on which way the winds blows. this is the same incinerator where they had included Radlett as a possible site and the good people of Radlett fought hard to not have it built there. This account is incorrect in that the incinerator was to take up to 380,000 tonnes of rubbish. The rubbish to be burned would be from Hertfordshire as well as commercial, industrial and clinical waste from anywhere in the U.K. A lot of people have worked and fought hard for this decision. As the incinerator would only have been for rubbish delivered in lorries I doubt that it would have had any effect on the recycling centre in Allum Lane which is always busy and much needed. sj6
  • Score: 2
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