Grundon’s super-incinerator in Colnbrook has avoided sending waste to landfill for the first time, thanks to an innovative new treatment for residues generated from the plant’s operations.
Grundon will be the big winner from the Government’s business rates revaluation, with the rateable value of its three Colnbrook premises being reduced by £0.4 million from April.
Incinerator operator Grundon’s announcement that its “regionally significant facility” must be rebuilt on a “like for like” basis coincides with the official opening today of the brand new Greatmoor Energy from Waste (EfW) plant in Bucks.
Slough’s Cabinet was due to vote tonight on whether to terminate its long term relationship with Amey and take waste collection and other services back in-house. But the move is not driven by a need to reduce the current high level of complaints, or even to save money, but an opportunity to generate revenue by selling services to other councils.
Colnbrook saw a brief respite to the rain, cold – and even pollution – for the official opening of the new Pippins Park Herb Garden last Friday (6 May). Both nitrogen dioxide and particulate levels plummeted just before the launch event but rose steadily after back to their previous dangerous levels.
There’s been more shenanigans over big cash donations from incinerator operators in the past few weeks. Private Eye has revealed £1.375 million in gifts from Grundon’s partner Viridor just prior to permission being granted for a new incinerator in South London.
Grundon Waste Management has called on the European Commission to support co-mingled waste collections, just weeks after Slough Borough Council said it would review separate waste collections for paper, metal, plastic and glass – and potentially a new supplier for the borough.
Dirty nappies are among items clogging up Grundon’s Materials Recovery Facility in Colnbrook causing recyclable waste to be incinerated instead.
If last week’s air pollution in Colnbrook breached WHO guidelines 98% of the time, why did it barely register against Slough’s air quality objectives?
Notable for its inclusion in Slough’s revised submission to the Davies Commission is some carefully chosen language that suggests the “reprovision” of the Colnbrook incinerator could be an opportunity to replace it with green technology.
The Mayor of Slough will unveil a commemorative plaque this weekend to mark the completion of the refurbishment of Colnbrook Village Hall. But another week of bad air will provide a timely reminder of the price the village has had to pay.