Plans lodged to burn extra waste

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AROUND 15,000 tonnes of extra rubbish could be brought into Sheffield each year from neighbouring areas and burned in the city’s incinerator under plans announced by contractor Veolia.

The proposals have been announced after a fall in the amount of rubbish produced by Sheffield homes and businesses as recycling rates have increased.

Recycling collected increased by 22 per cent in the first month since fortnightly black bin collections were introduced in August.

Veolia needs to ensure the incinerator remains viable because it provides power for the National Grid and heat for 140 buildings in the city centre.

Already, the incinerator burns 50,000 tonnes of rubbish from outside Sheffield to help make up its 225,000 tonnes annual capacity.

Nigel Williams, director for Veolia, said: “The planning application will not lead to any physical changes at the energy recovery facility or any increase to the existing capacity.”