Local authority Northamptonshire County Council has told ENDS it is considering an energy-from-waste plant as part of its "long-term strategy" for residual waste management.
In a response to a freedom of information request asking if it was planning to develop an EfW facility, the council responded that it was "in the early stages of developing a long-term strategy for the management of residual waste, which may, or may not, include the development of a waste-treatment facility. However, to date, no decisions have been made".
Currently, the local authority explained it has four contracts in place to treat and dispose of residual waste.
These deals, the council explained in the FOI response, use facilities not owned by the local authority. It said: "I.e. [the council] has a contract to use the spare capacity in merchant facilities."