Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
Suffolk to get an Energy from Waste facility
Suffolk County Council has commissioned SITA UK to build and run an Energy from Waste facility, which will burn household rubbish and produce energy.
The facility is also known as an incinerator and will provide a cheaper and greener solution to disposing of household waste which cannot be recycled.
Currently this waste is buried in the ground, but landfilling on this scale is no longer an environmentally-acceptable option and it is extremely costly, with the government imposing hefty landfill taxes on councils to encourage them to find alternative ways of disposing of waste.
Switching to Energy from Waste would avoid additional landfill costs of around £350m over the 25 year life of the contract and would also be better for the environment, as it would significantly reduce the amount of emissions released into the atmosphere.
The process would generate enough electricity to power a town the size of Lowestoft, and the majority of the ash produced can be re-used in building projects, such as roads.
Councillor Lisa Chambers, Portfolio Holder for Waste with Suffolk County Council, said: "We are committed to recycling and composting as much waste as possible and are delighted that recycling rates in the county are improving, thanks to the efforts of Suffolk residents."
"However, some waste simply can’t be recycled and we needed to find the best possible solution for dealing with this waste."
Suffolk County Council