Could an EfW facility actually inhibit further recycling in the region?
This is a common claim made against waste treatment facilities in general, but when a sensible approach is used in the sizing of a facility (ie limiting the capacity of the plant) then there will always be plenty of scope to increase recycling to national levels set by the government and beyond. It is also important to consider the growth of waste in the recent past: this has been significant at around 1% every year nationally. It is a key priority for local authorities and the government to reverse this trend, but so far there has been mixed success. Despite public campaigns to persuade people to reduce the amount of household waste produced, it has continued to increase over time and with the predicted rise in the number of households, we need to cater for growth. Our new facility will be part of an integrated waste management solution which has been deliberately sized to be appropriate to the amount of waste produced by the communities in Barnstaple and surrounding areas, so as not