Go-ahead for clinical waste burner despite doubts over imports

Waste disposal contractor Grundon is to double the capacity of its clinical waste incinerator facility at Colnbrook, near Heathrow. But its dependence on imported German waste is under threat from EC legislation, and demand from British hospitals will have to rise for the investment to pay off.

Grundon's existing incinerator was commissioned early in 1990, and is now running at 75% of its 7,000 tonnes per year capacity. The plant is burning roughly 80 tonnes of clinical waste each week, of which 15 tonnes are imported from Germany.

The imports began last year due to the lack of UK demand (ENDS Report 197, pp 10-11). The move ran contrary to the Government's policy that developed nations should be self-sufficient in waste disposa

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