Debate over controversial waste plant

DEVELOPERS behind a controversial £200 million waste plant are set to take part in a public debate about the scheme.

Bosses from Waystone, the firm behind the Doncaster Energy from Waste (DEW) project, will discuss the scheme with an internationally renowned speaker.

The large 400,000 tonne per annum facility is intended to sort and process rubbish, such as metal, glass and plastic, into usable products and would mean less going to landfill.

A future phase would see fuel produced from other rubbish and used to create electricity.

However, residents living near the planned site at the former Hatfield Colliery have opposed the scheme and raised fears over a proposed incinerator.

Action group Residents Against Inappropriate Developments has invited Professor Paul Connett, who has spoken to the United Nations and in the House of Commons about the effects of burning waste, to speak at Hatfield Visual Arts College on Tuesday at 7pm.

He will outline why incineration promotes climate change, creates harmful emissions and is expensive to build and operate.

Members of Doncaster Council’s planning committee approved proposals for the project last July.

Waystone describes the project as a “world leading facility”.

The firm believe it will put Doncaster on the map for creating environmentally friendly energy from waste.