Latest news on a waste treatment facility for Dorset

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You may have seen or heard in the local media that Dorset County Council has withdrawn a bid for £80 million of Government funding to help design, build and run a new waste treatment plant near Bournemouth Airport, Hurn.

The council’s waste management team is committed to finding the most suitable long-term solution for Dorset’s waste and believes progressing with the application for Private Finance Initiative (PFI) funding to help build a treatment facility is not the best option for Dorset at the moment.

We need to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill because costs are increasing and there are alternatives that are better for the environment. Even with a high recycling rate (48 per cent) and ambitions to get this higher – we have set ourselves a target of 60% by 2015/16 – there will always be waste that cannot be recycled or composed. We need to find a solution for this waste.

Alternative options and new technologies have developed since we made our application for (PFI) funding and we are looking into these, focusing on the links between waste and energy generation, to help us find a solution that is right for Dorset.

Read more about our decision.

Please comment below if you have any questions.

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