Council seeks new route for county’s waste
Gloucestershire County Council will soon deliver all of the county’s household waste to Javelin Park; and is now looking into the most cost effective and efficient and way to do so.
Next week (Wednesday 18th April), cabinet will be asked to agree how it transports household waste to Javelin Park from bulking stations across the county. Gloucestershire County Council can no longer take household rubbish to landfill and will instead be taking it to the new energy from waste facility and turning it into reusable energy, therefore a new way of moving the waste from place to place has to be decided upon.
Two main options will be presented next week; one of which is to continue to use ‘Waste Transfer Stations’ (WTS) in the Forest of Dean and Cotswold districts and provide a new combined WTS for Cheltenham and Tewkesbury. The stations will allow household waste from these areas of the county to accumulate in one place and for a more efficient transport straight to Javelin Park.
The other option is that the council use a combination of the waste transfer stations and direct delivery to Javelin Park. This will mean some local councils will take their rubbish straight to Javelin Park whilst others take it to a waste transfer station for bulking. Both options will be compared in detail to look at the effects on services before deciding which provides the most cost effective arrangement.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: “This project is all about saving money so it’s important all options are considered. The energy from waste facility will generate enough clean electricity to power 25,000 homes so it’s important that Gloucestershire has the best value for money throughout the whole project – including when taking waste from place to place.
“The new energy from waste facility will allow us to treat the rubbish that currently goes to landfill in a clean and efficient way. It supports our aim of 70% recycling across our county as well as reducing the county’s carbon emissions by 40,000 tonnes a year.”
You can view the full Waste Transfer Service report here.