Demolition to start at Suffolk energy-from-waste site

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Demolition will start this week at the former highways depot at Great Blakenham to make way for Suffolk’s energy-from-waste facility.

Demolition will start this week at the former highways depot at Great Blakenham to make way for Suffolk’s energy-from-waste facility.

Energy-from-waste provides a cheaper, greener solution to disposing of household waste left after recycling. The Suffolk facility, due to open by December 2014, will put the county’s waste to good use by turning it into a fuel to generate electricity for the National Grid.

Throughout the 30-month build programme local residents will be kept in the loop through regular newsletters, e-mail updates, Twitter feeds and site photos posted on the internet.

“I am delighted that work is starting to demolish the old highways depot – it brings us one clear step closer to having an energy-from-waste facility for Suffolk which will be cheaper and better environmentally than continuing to landfill” said Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s Portfolio Holder for waste.

Cliff Matthews, from SITA UK added;”We want to make a positive contribution to the local community so it’s very important to us to be good neighbours. There’s a lot we can do, from staggering the arrival of lorries to the site, so we don’t cause unnecessary congestion, to restricting noisy work to certain hours.

“We will also be doing our best to keep local residents informed about what is happening on site and when.”

For updates on Twitter, residents can go to @SuffolkEfW. Time-lapse cameras on site will also record the build programme, and photos can be seen on the internet at www.intervalfilms.com/sitapublic

Demolition is likely to take six to eight weeks and other preparatory work, including digging the 36ft-deep underground bunker, where waste will be tipped before going into the energy-from-waste facility, will also have to be done before building work can start in late April.