Council announces no waste to landfill goal by 2020

Bins.
Bins.

The district council has announced ambitious plans to send no more waste from homes to landfill within seven years.

Since introducing the three bin system in 2006, the council has sent an average of around 44 per cent of waste to landfill each year, but by 2020 hopes this figure will reach zero per cent.

The council says it hoeps to achieve the ambitious target with the help of a new £145m ‘Energy from Waste’ biomass power plant facility being constructed by Lincolnshire County Council.

The state-of-the-art facility being built in North Hykeham near Lincoln is expected to be fully operational by December. The district council claims it will make the old approach of burying waste at landfill redundant.

The district council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Cllr Steve Newton, said: “The new Energy From Waste facility offers the chance to reduce waste to landfill and at the same time generate clean electricity.

“The council prides itself on exceeding the Government target of recycling at least 50 per cent of waste, and this will help us take this a step further while benefitting the environment at the same time.

“It is still important that we continue to recycle as much waste as possible though so will continue to strive for in excess of 50 per cent of all collected waste to be recycled.”

Trucks will collect domestic waste from the county’s five Waste Transfer sites – including those at Louth and Boston, and take them to the new facility which will burn the waste to create electricity.

The council says two thirds of the facility will be dedicated to filtering emissions so that harmful pollutants are not into released into the air.

As the waste collection authority, the district council collects waste from over 66,000 households each week and handles in the region of 22,000 tonnes of domestic waste every year, which is passed onto the county council as the disposal authority.