District council hopes to send no waste to landfill by 2020

ELDC HQ in Manby. Photos: Ian Holmes.
ELDC HQ in Manby. Photos: Ian Holmes.

By 2020 it is hoped that East Lindsey District Council will be sending no waste collected from homes to landfill, the authority has said.

Since introducing the three bin system in 2006, the council says it sent an average of around 44 per cent of waste to landfill each year, but by 2020 hopes this figure will ‘reach 0 per cent’.

ELDC hopes the aspiration will be achievable with the help of a new £145m Energy from Waste 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.

It will make the old approach of burying waste at landfill redundant.

Coun Steve Newton, the district council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, 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 Louth, and take them to the new facility which will burn the waste to create electricity. Two thirds of the facility will be dedicated to filtering emissions to ensure that harmful pollutants are into released into the air. ELDC collects waste from over 66,000 households each week.