Liberal Democrat Group Response to the Statement by Derby City Council & Derbyshire County Council on the Sinfin Waste Plant
For well over a year the Sinfin waste plant has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. The plant, originally due to open in 2017, has not been able to meet the requirements of the acceptance tests during the past year. It has not proved possible to make the plant work as it was expected to. After detailed discussions between the companies, banks and the two councils, it has been decided to end the contract today.
One way or another this long-running situation needs to be resolved. What has been agreed today is part of that process. There is still a long way to go before things are fully resolved, and in the immediate term work on the plant is expected to continue.
We understand that black bin waste will now be sent to landfill, a situation the Liberal Democrats are concerned about. On average, one third of waste in black bins is food waste. Organic matter such as food and garden waste should go into the brown bin which then goes to be processed into compost. If organic material is put into black bins it will now go to landfill. As it rots, it produces greenhouse gases that add to the climate change problem.
Lib Dem Group Leader Cllr Ruth Skelton said, "The Sinfin waste plant project was a serious effort to reduce Derby's waste and environmental footprint. It's clear though that the contractors haven't been able to live up to the promises made at the outset. With the change in how black bin waste is disposed of, we are urging people to make sure all food and garden waste goes in the brown bin. If you haven't yet signed up for the Council's new free brown bin collection service, then please sign up now."