Public Safety Fears Over Peterborough Incinerator

27 July 2015, 06:28 | Updated: 27 July 2015, 06:39

A Councillor in Peterborough's told Heart he's concerned for local people's health, once a new incinerator starts being used.

It's been built on the Fengate Industrial Estate near to Peterborough Power Station.

It started being built in 2013 after the policy to build the Energy Recovery Facility was agreed in 2007 by full council - following a recommendation from a cross-party group of Councillors.

Labour Councillor Ed Murphy says he's concerned about the levels of toxins that will be given off, "Some of them could have severe effects on people. We're being told they will be monitored, but there's only so much monitoring you can do."

He's also told Heart he's worried about how much waste will be burnt there - as he thinks rubbish will be imported, "Guidance is that you shouldn't be importing waste from many miles away, you should only be dealing with your own waste really.

"It'll lead to more lorries, more pollution, and just burning other people's waste, when it should be dealt with at source."

But Peterborough City Council say, " Instead of sending our waste to landfill (and paying tax on every tonne we send there) 94% of residential black bin waste will now be burnt at high temperatures and the energy produced from that process will be converted into electricity.

"The Peterborough ERF, which cost £76 million to build, will produce enough electricity to power 15,000 homes anually, when it starts being used at the end of this year.

"The facility will save the council around £30million over the lifetime of the plant - compared to if we just continued to dispose of our waste into landfill sites.

A Peterborough City Council spokesman said: "Residents should have no concerns about the Energy Recovery facility at Fengate. It has been granted a permit by the Environment Agency to operate - which has strict conditions to make sure that the facility does not harm people's health.

"The Energy Recovery facility was built to meet the city's needs for the next 30 years. Initially there will be spare capacity but as the city grows this will reduce. There are restrictions in place on where waste can be transported from - with the vast majority limited to Peterborough, Cambridgeshire or within 50km of the facility."