Council urged to rethink waste plan [Edition 4]
LOOKING again at its plans for handling the county's waste could save Cornwall Council and its taxpayers money, parish councillors say.
Stithians Parish Council has asked Cornwall Council to explore a fully integrated waste management system it says could benefit not only the environment but Cornish taxpayers' pockets. In a letter to Cornwall Council, Stithians Parish Council wrote: "The management of waste in Cornwall has been, and continues to be, a contentious issue on several fronts. "Cornwall Council, despite agreeing in hindsight that it may not be the best strategy, is ploughing ahead with the contract with Sita to build and operate an incinerator [near St Austell] for disposing of municipal arisings.
"The consequence is that the residents of Cornwall are paying substantially more than they need to for a second- or third-rate service.
"On the incinerator issue, Cornwall Council basically says it is too late to go back now and that revising the approach would cost even more money."
Parish councillor James Biscoe said they were urging the unitary authority to review of all waste disposal activities, such as the cost of rubbish collections, recycling, garden waste and sewage treatment, and determine which was potentially most profitable. The results could then be compared with Cornwall Council's plans for an incinerator, or other disposal strategies, to see which was the most cost-effective.
"If less waste is dumped at sea - sewage, for example - the costs of beach-cleaning fall," said Mr Biscoe.
"If there's more revenue generated - for example, if South West Water went into anaerobic digestion of sewage - then their need to keep raising water bills should be reduced.
"Essentially, what is sought is that Cornwall Council undertakes an analysis of a fully integrated waste management system which takes into account municipal arisings, sewage, waste water, food waste and agricultural substrates such as animal manure.
"If they wanted to be really ambitious they could also look at mine waste."
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