The council behind controversial proposals to build a waste incinerator in Warwickshire is urging residents to take part in a consultation on its plans.

The move comes after W arwickshire County Council came under fire from campaigners after it announced it was planning to build an £80 million incinerator to deal with 200,000 tonnes of its waste.

Tough targets on the amount of waste the county is allowed to throw into landfill has left it looking for new ways to deal with rubbish.

Kalen Ward, of the council's waste manage-ment department, said it was likely other local authorities would have to follow suit with the amount of rubbish increasing nationally by three per cent each year.

The council recently unveiled its plans to deal with the county's waste for the next 15 years.

In the next seven years all of the available landfill sites will be full, forcing it to either look for more available sites or choose other controversial options such as incineration.

People are urged to take advantage of the consultation, which will play a part in creating the Waste Development Framework.

To make their views known, Warwickshire people can fill in the Waste Core Strategy - Issues and Options consultation questionnaire, either online or by visiting their local library, the receptions of Shire Hall or Barrack Street in Warwick, or borough or district council planning receptions. Copies are also available by calling 01926 412538 or by email. All views should be returned by April 10.