£9m Stoke-on-Trent rubbish plant plan to boost recycling rates
MORE than £9 million will be invested in a new waste plant to generate power for homes and businesses.
The proposed development is part of ambitious plans to restore weekly bin collections in the Potteries, as revealed in The Sentinel in July.
Now Stoke-on-Trent City Council has confirmed it has lodged a bid for £14 million of Government funding to build a plant which would use pioneering technology to automatically sort general waste from recyclable rubbish.
It could pave the way for households to once again dispose of all of their rubbish in a single bin, emptied every week, while also dramatically improving recycling rates.
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The new plant, earmarked for an undisclosed location in the city, would also see less rubbish sent to landfill and more power generated from recycling.
And it would slash the amount of rubbish wrongly sent to waste-to-energy incinerators, which sees the council billed even if the rubbish is unsuitable for burning.
Officers and councillors last year unveiled a target for the city to become energy self-sufficient by 2030, generating enough power to become independent of the national grid.
Further concepts being investigated include creating collectivist energy networks for businesses to buy and sell surplus power, plunging a giant borehole into Chatterley Whitfield park to convert energy from hot water below the surface, and pumping hot water from mines to use for power.
Councillor Andy Platt, cabinet member for city services and green enterprises, pictured, said: "Making Stoke-on-Trent an energy self-sufficient city by 2030 is both a bold and challenging proposal but one we have a duty to investigate.
"This project is about helping residents understand the full potential of the contents of their bin.
"We want people to think of their bin as an energy bin rather than a waste bin."
Funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government would see £9 million spent on the plant, and £2.5 million spent on new bin wagons.
It is part of Communities Secretary Eric Pickles' weekly collections cash pot.
The Labour-run council is understood to be the only authority in the country looking to ditch a fortnightly collection of food and general waste for a weekly round.
It currently empties general waste grey bins every fortnight and blue and brown bins, used for recycling and organic waste, in the alternate week.
If the bid is approved, the council will receive an initial £150,000 to draw up and submit a business case within a year.
Vic Rawlinson, chairman of Shelton Residents' Association, said: "We've got three and a box, and in some of the terrace houses people are having to carry the bins through their houses for collection."