Strathclyde decides against incineration for sludge disposal

Strathclyde Regional Council will not be joining the ranks of sewerage undertakers who have responded to the impending ban on sewage sludge dumping at sea by opting for incineration. Instead, it intends to process 95,000 tonnes of dry sludge generated annually in and around Glasgow and reuse it in land treatment and reclamation projects.

The Council's move follows a decision at the 1990 ministerial conference on the North Sea that sludge dumping should end by 1998.

Of the water companies in England and Wales which serve major conurbations and currently dump sludge at sea, Thames, Yorkshire and Northumbrian have opted for incineration, and North West Water is expected to do so. Northumbrian Water has since been forced to reconsider following the refusal of planning permiss

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