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Information for Suffolk Energy from Waste Facility, Highways depot opposite Masons Landfill Site, Great Blakenham, Ipswich

Status: Existing
Planning Region: East of England
Planning Sub-Region: Suffolk
Operator: Suez Environment (formerly SITA)
Capacity: 295,000
Campaign Group(s): Suffolk Against Incineration and Landfill (SAIL) and Mid Suffolk FoE
Notes: Plant opened in December 2014 [Source]. Suffolk County Council signed a contract with SITA in early October 2010 and SITA/Suez submitted an application on 11 January 2011. Planning permission granted on 21st July 2011 [Source, Source, Source, See Non-technical Summary]. Permit WP3438HZ issued in September 2011. In August 2019 Suez applied for a permit to increase the capacity from 269,000 to 295,000 tpa to "reflect the design capacity within the firing diagram for the as-built facility" [Source]. (Entry updated 2020-01-06)

Initial applications received for R1 status: 17 June 2019 (Environment Agency)

Uses data from released by the Environment Agency under the Open Government License

PermitOperatorInstallation nameInstallation addressPermit statusWaste input (000s tonnes per annum)Incinerator typeCalculated R1 valueApplication R1 status grantedSource of data used in R1 calculationsDate R1 application status granted
WP3438HZSITA UK Limited SITA Suffolk Energy from Waste FacilitySITA Suffolk Ltd, Lodge Lane, Great Blakenham,Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 0JE,Permit issued269Municipal waste0.73YesDesign6/5/2014

Waste management for England 2018: Operational (Environment Agency)

Uses data from Waste Data Interrogator 2018 - 2018 Waste Summary Tables for England - Version 2 released by the Environment Agency under the Open Government License

PermitDate PermittedOperator NameSite NameSite AddressFormer Planning RegionFormer Planning Sub-RegionEA AreaTypePermitted Capacity (tonnage)Tonnage Incinerated in 2006Tonnage Incinerated in 2007Tonnage Incinerated in 2008Tonnage Incinerated in 2009Tonnage Incinerated in 2010Tonnage Incinerated in 2011Tonnage Incinerated in 2012Tonnage Incinerated in 2013Tonnage Incinerated in 2014Tonnage Incinerated in 2015Tonnage Incinerated in 2016Tonnage Incinerated in 2017Tonnage Incinerated in 2018Comment
WP3438HZ21/09/2011SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Suffolk LtdSuffolk EFW FacilitySITA Suffolk EFW Facility, Lodge lane, Great Blakenham, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 0JEEast of EnglandSuffolkEssex Norfolk and SuffolkMunicipal and/or Industrial & Commercial269,000--------23,111251,969266553 261670 266,135

Environment Agency 2018 Pollution Inventory: Substances

Uses data from the Pollution Inventory 2018 released by the Environment Agency under a special license

WP3438HZEast AngliaAirAmmonia10006,598.68EfWEfW
WP3438HZEast AngliaAirNitrous oxide1000026,647.95EfWEfW
WP3438HZEast AngliaAirNitrogen oxides (NO and NO2) as NO2100000274,441.97EfWEfW
WP3438HZEast AngliaAirArsenic121.8EfWEfW
WP3438HZEast AngliaAirChromium1021.8EfWEfW
WP3438HZEast AngliaAirCopper1021.8EfWEfW
WP3438HZEast AngliaAirNickel10150.51EfWEfW
WP3438HZEast AngliaAirChlorine and inorganic chlorine compounds - as HCl100008,501.96EfWEfW
WP3438HZEast AngliaAirCarbon dioxide1.00E+07263,990,368.00EfWEfW

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