Draft plan proposes more bring banks

To increase the recycling rate, the draft plan proposes introducing 32 more bring banks in the region by 2009 in addition to providing 7 additional recycling centres by 2010. But local authorities believe there is still a role for landfills and incinerators in the treatment of waste. The new draft plan states there will always be a need for landfill in the region and 14 per cent of refuse should be treated by this means. The plan also proposes that 41% of waste should be thermally treated – that is by incineration. However, this is a long-term aspiration as a proposed incinerator in the region would be many years in the pipeline – given the amount of time such a proposal would take to get throught the planning system.