Hartlebury waste incinerator approved by local councils
Plans to build a £120m waste incinerator in Worcestershire have been approved by two councils.
The cabinets at Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council have backed plans for the 200,000-tonne energy from waste plant at Hartlebury.
The incinerator, which will be managed by Mercia Waste Management, will supply 20,000 homes per year.
Campaigners against the incinerator claim concerns over cost and the environmental impact have been ignored.
A final decision on the plans will be made by the full council of both authorities and central government in early 2014.
The new plant, called EnviRecover, would create 30 permanent jobs and around 200 jobs during the construction process, Mercia Waste Management said.
A council report said when the firm's contract expired in 2023 the incinerator would be given to the local authorities to run.
It said it would be in use "until about 2042", by which time both councils would have spent £1.6bn on the plant.
Anthony Blagg from Worcestershire County Council said: "If we'd have done nothing that would cost us more than £2bn by 2042."
"This is also more environmentally friendly because we'll be able to generate electricity from the waste to send back to the grid, which would be enough to power a town the size of Kidderminster."
Ray Kirby from Worcester residents Against Incineration and Landfill (WAIL) said: "Our concerns have been totally ignored.
"Government waste statistics show recycling is going up, waste to landfill is going down and current incinerator capacity in the West Midlands is more than enough.
"There are cuts being made to services by both councils and they could cure that in one foul swoop by not building the incinerator."