Council in court over plans for £650m incinerator that could ‘discourage recycling’

Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) has been taken to court over claims that a £650m contract it awarded for an energy-from-waste (EfW) plant could result in the incineration of recyclable material, counter to the government’s waste and resources strategy.

Not-for-profit community group Community R4C (CR4C) also claims the council illegally handled the re-negotiation of the contract in 2016 by breaking procurement rules and giving what amounted to illegal state aid to the consortium Urbaser Balfour Beatty.

The first hearing took place at Bristol High Court last week and if successful, CR4C hopes it can recoup between £75m and £150m for the council. It said this “would lead to substantial changes in the way the plant operates, including more rigorous recycling and protection of the environment”.

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