Incinerators boost urged

Local authorities should drop their opposition to energy-from-waste plants and embrace a new generation of facilities to relieve landfill sites, according to the CBI.

The employers group has called for a drive to quadruple the amount of energy produced from incinerators and anaerobic digestion within five years.

It urged the government to put planning for such facilities at the forefront alongside procurement and financing. The recommendations of the Killian-Pretty review for speeding up applications should be introduced urgently, it adds.

Unless action is taken the country faces fines from the EU of £182 million a year, the CBI warned. "Across Europe, energy from waste is compatible with high levels of recycling," maintained director of business environment Neil Bentley.

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