Don't dump on Basildon we're already Essex's waste tip!

Basildon Recorder: Councillor Sandra Hillier at the Courtauld Road site Councillor Sandra Hillier at the Courtauld Road site

ANOTHER waste plant could soon be “dumped” on Basildon.

Plans are in the pipeline to build a second facility at Courtauld Road, which would handle 65,000 tonnes of food and garden waste a year.

Material Change Ltd is looking to build the new composting facility as the company prepares to take over the treatment of biowaste across Essex and Southend.

If approved, it would be built right next to the £800,000 waste treatment plant already under construction by UrbaserBalfour Beatty and would become the fourth waste depot in Basildon.

The proposed new “anaerobic digestion in-vessel composting”

plant would turn food and garden waste into liquid fertiliser and biogas.

Urbaser Balfour Beatty’s site, which is scheduled to open in July, will be one of the largest facilities of its kind in Europe dealing with 400,000 tonnes of black bag rubbish a year.

More than 300 vehicles a day, including 206 heavy lorries, will visit the site once it is operating.

The borough is also home to Veolia’s Pitsea Landfill site, which accepts 800,000 tonnes of rubbish a year.

Heard Environmental is also building a new waste recycling depot on land south of Terminus Drive, PItsea, which will handle 49,000 tonnes of waste a year.

Sandra Hillier, Tory councillor for Langdon Hills said residents were fed up with their hometown being used as the “waste tip of Essex”.

She added: “Pitsea is full enough with waste treatment depots, but unfortunately, this is a site that has been highlighted by County Hall for this purpose, so the chances of fighting it, much as I would like to, are pretty slim. But thank God it is not an incinerator, so it shouldn’t produce any smells.

“The concern for residents is traffic, because during rush hour it is a nightmare already.

“So when it comes before the planning committee, we must make sure we get the best deal for residents and restrict delivery times.”

Material Change was chosen by Essex County Council and Southend Council from six companies as the preferred bidder to treat and recycle Essex’s food and garden waste for the next 20 years.

The company will need planning permission before the new Courtauld Road plant can be built.

An Essex County Council spokesman said once the application was received it would fully address the traffic impact from the proposed development.

Material Change’s managing director Ed Bastow said: “We are very pleased to have achieved preferred bidder status from Essex County Council and Southend Council.

“We are proud we can offer a solution whereby the food and mixed food and garden waste produced by local residents is able to be treated locally.

“This means transport costs are kept to a minimum and emissions of methane and carbon dioxide are reduced.”

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3:03pm Wed 26 Mar 14

leighman says...

Well, if it's gotta be somewhere it might as well be there!!!
Well, if it's gotta be somewhere it might as well be there!!! leighman
  • Score: -9

3:22pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Got anywhere else to put it?

Think of the jobs it will create.
Got anywhere else to put it? Think of the jobs it will create. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 4

4:31pm Wed 26 Mar 14

shallotman says...

Can you just imagine what the roundabout at Cranes Farm Road & Eastmayne will be like. It is bad enough now in the morning.
Can you just imagine what the roundabout at Cranes Farm Road & Eastmayne will be like. It is bad enough now in the morning. shallotman
  • Score: 6

4:33pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Mikkel1 says...

Just so long as it isn't dumped in Laindon. Look at the so-called shopping centre there. Now that IS a dump.
Just so long as it isn't dumped in Laindon. Look at the so-called shopping centre there. Now that IS a dump. Mikkel1
  • Score: 11

4:48pm Wed 26 Mar 14

runwellian says...

When folk in the world are starving and folk in Britain so dependant on food baks, the real question is 'why is so much food being dumped?

We always look fro a solution without considering the cause!
When folk in the world are starving and folk in Britain so dependant on food baks, the real question is 'why is so much food being dumped? We always look fro a solution without considering the cause! runwellian
  • Score: 5

4:49pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

runwellian wrote:
When folk in the world are starving and folk in Britain so dependant on food baks, the real question is 'why is so much food being dumped?

We always look fro a solution without considering the cause!
Looking at the size of a vast majority (pun intended) of people in Pitsea and Laindon as well as Basildon it's a wonder any food gets dumped.....
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: When folk in the world are starving and folk in Britain so dependant on food baks, the real question is 'why is so much food being dumped? We always look fro a solution without considering the cause![/p][/quote]Looking at the size of a vast majority (pun intended) of people in Pitsea and Laindon as well as Basildon it's a wonder any food gets dumped..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 0

5:15pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

I can think of a suitable site. Just north of the A127 opposite Tesco
I can think of a suitable site. Just north of the A127 opposite Tesco Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 1

5:27pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Devils Advocate says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Got anywhere else to put it?

Think of the jobs it will create.
Yes fantastic! But, as most jobs are going to be zero hours contract with "No other work" standby, and "positive prejudice" is still the law on racial choice, what good are they? Writing to our local MP always gets the final line: "I am happy with the way it is so I will be voting in favour of...." what choice do we have? The right-wing took little steps and finally they are getting what they want. Total command of the populace. Just remember who will be the underdog when we are all done with!
Regarding "All those jobs" do you, Mr. Chase, believe in a fair days work for a fair day's pay? Will you state that working people should be earning enough to buy their own house and have at least two weeks paid holiday a year? What good are "All those jobs" if we are all half starving again?
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Got anywhere else to put it? Think of the jobs it will create.[/p][/quote]Yes fantastic! But, as most jobs are going to be zero hours contract with "No other work" standby, and "positive prejudice" is still the law on racial choice, what good are they? Writing to our local MP always gets the final line: "I am happy with the way it is so I will be voting in favour of...." what choice do we have? The right-wing took little steps and finally they are getting what they want. Total command of the populace. Just remember who will be the underdog when we are all done with! Regarding "All those jobs" do you, Mr. Chase, believe in a fair days work for a fair day's pay? Will you state that working people should be earning enough to buy their own house and have at least two weeks paid holiday a year? What good are "All those jobs" if we are all half starving again? Devils Advocate
  • Score: 2

5:29pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Devils Advocate says...

Oh, and North of stock will be good for it. Close to the A12, no houses to speak of. Why overcrowd the already overcrowded?
Oh, and North of stock will be good for it. Close to the A12, no houses to speak of. Why overcrowd the already overcrowded? Devils Advocate
  • Score: 1

5:35pm Wed 26 Mar 14

John T Pharro says...

How does this treat "local rubbish' and "save transport costs"? It is treating rubbish from the "whole of Essex", not just Basildon. If you want to have a plant treating the "whole of Essex" put it nearer the middle. How about between Chelmsford and Colchester off the A12?
How does this treat "local rubbish' and "save transport costs"? It is treating rubbish from the "whole of Essex", not just Basildon. If you want to have a plant treating the "whole of Essex" put it nearer the middle. How about between Chelmsford and Colchester off the A12? John T Pharro
  • Score: 12

8:34pm Wed 26 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
I can think of a suitable site. Just north of the A127 opposite Tesco
Have they got a few million to spend?

No?

Then forget it.
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: I can think of a suitable site. Just north of the A127 opposite Tesco[/p][/quote]Have they got a few million to spend? No? Then forget it. ThisYear
  • Score: 2

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