At the Labour County Councillors away day on September 2nd the Director responsible for waste disposal gave us good news- The County had and has no intention to use a site in St James for a waste to energy plant. In fact we were told that waste is gold, and why would the county give away their gold? Waste costs the County £25 million a year. There is a proposal for the County to build its own reuse/recycling/waste to energy plant. Over four years of use, this would mean a cost reduction bringing the cost down to zero, and over 4 years, we were told, a profit plus cheaper energy would result. Sites in the town are being looked at but the Director would not share information about where because of commercial sensitivities. Labour groups on both County and Borough Councils are fully committed to the need to reduce waste, reuse and recycle. We understand that it is urgent to have green solutions and to stop landfill.
The Borough group are not convinced that we need a recycling/waste to energy centre in Northampton. The reason being that there is one nearing completion in Milton Keynes. These plants are hungry. They need a lot of feeding. The county produces 200,000 tons of waste a year but this may change as waste reduction, reuse and recycling becomes more effective. We want to see a robust business plan that anticipates changes in waste over the next 25 years.