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MP questions cost of St Dennis incinerator

A Cornish MP has asked the Government to look into the cost of the new waste incinerator for the county.

Stephen Gilbert, who represents St Austell and Newquay, used a Commons debate to attack plans for the incinerator at St Dennis, claiming cheaper alternatives could save more than £300 million.

He said Cornwall should instead try to improve its record on recycling which is amongst the worst 25% in the country.

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Opponents of St Dennis incinerator come up with new proposals

Opponents of a giant waste incinerator in Cornwall say they've come up with alternatives which could save the county up to 320 million pounds.

Opponents were refused permission to appeal against the St Dennis incinerator by the Supreme Court in July, and work began to build the site in August.

But Cornwall Waste Forum says there are better ways of dealing with the county's household rubbish. Proposals include separate collection of food waste and creating a network of collection centres around Cornwall.

Cornwall produces about 300,000 tonnes of waste a year and, according to the County Council, the region will run out of landfill space by 2014.

Although work has already begun on the infrastructure for the incinerator at St.Dennis, campaigners say alternatives should be considered. Ken Rickard is from the Cornwall Waste Forum:

Opponents of St Dennis Incinerator offer new proposals

Opponents were refused permission to appeal by the Supreme Court Credit: ITV News

Opponents of a giant waste incinerator in Cornwall say they have come up with alternatives which could save the county up to 320 million pounds.Cornwall Waste Forum says there are better ways of dealing with the county's household rubbish.

They include separate collection of food waste and creating a network of collection centres around Cornwall. Work has all ready started on the infrastructure for the incinerator at St.Dennis.