NW Water includes incinerator in plan to beat sludge dumping ban

Plans for a sewage sludge incineration and processing complex near Widnes have been unveiled by North West Water (NWW). The project, involving a capital investment of over £100 million, is needed to comply with a ban on sludge dumping at sea which takes effect at the end of 1988.

NWW is the last of the four sewerage undertakers currently dumping large quantities of sewage sludge at sea to come forward with proposals to comply with the dumping ban. Thames Water is building two incinerators in east London, Northumbrian Water is expected to put forward revised proposals for incineration after having its initial plans to burn sludge with industrial waste turned down last year (ENDS Report 214, pp 9-10

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