Suffolk wins local government ‘Oscar’

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Suffolk has won one of local government’s most prestigious awards for a project to build an energy-from-waste facility

 

Cllr Lisa Chambers, Cllr Jane Storey and John Scanlon

 

Suffolk was up against seven other projects for the top award, widely recognised as the Oscars for local government. The others included a plan to extend high-speed Broadband across Cornwall; improvements to the roads in Derby and new learning centres in Hull.  

Judges at last night’s Local Government Chronicle awards ceremony decided the partnership between Suffolk County Council and SITA UK was the best example in the country of a council and a business working together for the benefit of residentsThe facility, due to open by December 2014, will provide a cheaper, greener solution to disposing of the waste left after recycling.

 

Over the 25 year life of the contract between the partners, switching to energy from waste will be at least £350 million cheaper than continuing to landfill. It will also benefit the environment by greatly reducing greenhouse gasses, allowing for greater recycling and putting the waste to good use as a fuel to generate electricity -enough for 30,000 homes.

 

County Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s portfolio holder for waste, said:

“This is an extremely important project for us and it will benefit Suffolk residents for years to come. I am delighted it has been recognised nationally as a shining example of what can be achieved when councils and businesses work together.”

John Scanlon, Chief Operating Officer at SITA UK, said:  

“We are extremely proud of this award.  The Suffolk energy-from-waste project is an excellent example of the good work that can be achieved by combining the skills of both the public and private sector.”

Suffolk was up against seven other projects for the top award, widely recognised as the Oscars for local government. The others included a plan to extend high-speed Broadband across Cornwall; improvements to the roads in Derby and new learning centres in Hull.