Incinerator row erupts

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PLANS to bring extra waste into Sheffield from surrounding areas to burn at the city’s incinerator have provoked objections from Green Party members.

Veolia, which operates the incinerator at Bernard Road, is seeking planning permission to increase the amount of rubbish received from Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster and North East Derbyshire after the amount of waste collected in Sheffield fell due to increased recycling.

Sheffield Green Party spokesman Graham Wroe said: “As we’ve said many times before, Sheffield Council has got itself into a very difficult situation. They should never have given permission for such a big incinerator to be built.

“Before Veolia imports waste from other authorities, they need to show that all possible sources of local waste, such as commercial and industrial - that would not otherwise be recycled - are being fully used. If Veolia does need to import waste, it must be done in the most environmentally-friendly way possible. They should fully investigate the rail and canal transport options instead of the damaging road options.”

No changes will be made to the external appearance of the incinerator, near the Parkway, if the Veolia planning application is agreed.

If the application is refused, the facility, designed to handle 225,000 tonnes of waste, may begin operating at a shortfall. The application will be decided later this year.