AN APPLICATION to allow 50,000 tonnes of waste a year from Barnsley, Rotherham and Chesterfield to be taken to the Bernard Road incinerator in Sheffield was approved by councillors on Monday.
Veolia Environmental Services, which runs the £45m plant, said Sheffield residents no longer generate enough rubbish to maximise the efficiency of the incinerator, which generates heat and power for local buildings, because of recycling. Director Nigel Williams said: “If this waste didn’t come to this city, it would go into landfill.”
But Green councillor Jillian Creasy said Veolia should try to make up the shortfall by attracting more commercial and industrial waste within the city, rather than going further afield for household waste. The extra rubbish can be accepted for the next six years.