Covanta Proposal versus BEaR Project

Covanta Verus BEaR – Can you Tell the Difference?

COVANTA


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BEaR


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Background
Covanta is a private company specialising in waste management seeking large scale developments across England and Wales to maximise economies of scale (i.e. reduce their costs) Central Bedfordshire Authority (no longer including Bedford Borough or Luton who have withdrawn) group seeking solutions to aid reduction of land-fill
What do they plan to build?
A regional Incinerator handling waste from Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire; plus potentially Milton Keynes; Hertfordshire; Northamptonshire; Cambridgeshire; Winsor and Maidenhead. Not specified, for company who wins the contract to decide. Could be an incinerator.
Where are they proposing to build?
Rookery Pit. Brogborough landfill, but winning contractor can use their own site if preferred. So Covanta could bid and win and choose Rookery Pit.
When will it operate during the week?
365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Initial plans are for no Sunday opening and lorry movements 7am – 7pm. However on Bank Holiday Mondays they will open that day and the Sunday. We also know from Brogborough Landfill how original agreements can then be amended due to ‘operational and economic pressures’. Not specified – for Company who wins contract to decide
Will I really notice whatever is built and opened?
Oh yes…….Building roughly the height of one of the Cardington Hangers. Chimney stack(s) taller than the brick works chimneys Not specified, for company who wins the contract to decide. If an incinerator then smaller than Covanta but still large scale as the actual operation of of an incinerator dictates the minimum size the building and chimney stack can be.
What Waste will be handled?
Household, industrial and commercial waste. Household waste
How will waste get to the site?
All by road. Covanta have publicly discounted the use of rail as too expensive. Depends on contractor and site. If Brogborough then clearly all by road.
Surely any traffic will be accommodated on the new A421?
No. The new A421 was designed to handle the existing over use of the road network with built in capacity for the housing and business growth designated for Bedford Borough as part of their regeneration plans. The volume of lorry traffic Covanta admit to currently is 300 lorry movements and 150 car movements a day. This will severely comprise the road network as the traffic will most likely use the new Marston Moreteyne junction, clogging this up and then travelling behind the village and the sports field on the old A421 to Green Lane, Stewartby. Not specified, for company who wins the contract to decide location. However any development will be large in scale and reliant on lorry traffic and hence negatively impact on the road network.
Could we end up with both BEaR and Covanta?
Yes – though unlikely. Covanta will clearly bid for the BEaR work and their economies of scale would probably be appealing. Yes – though unlikely. Covanta will clearly bid for the BEaR work and their economies of scale would probably be appealing.
What is Bedford Borough’s position?
Awaiting a clear statement, but Bedford Borough LibDems have been consistently against incineration from the very start, so this could be an indication regarding the new Mayor. Withdrawn from BEaR and looking at how to address their landfill challenges through greater recycling.
What is Central Bedfordshire’s position?
Publicly, totally opposed due to scale and bringing in waste from outside of Bedfordshire. Highly supportive; their concept. Keen to continue desperate apparent spiralling costs.
Company Websites
Covanta’s Website BEaR website

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