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Money to Burn ?

Will we be forced to waste millions on a new incineration plant that's outdated and inefficient ?

Roger Dadd     19th March 2010

Read the report in full here. What follows is a summary of the main points raised:

Following the February meeting, some States Members have questioned the practicability and cost-effectiveness of the decision to adopt a strategy for Waste Minimisation, in favour of Mass Burn Incineration. The purpose of my report is to set out in clear terms some options which the States may decide to follow, and the practical and cost implications for them. It does not set out to advance a single solution and, indeed some of the solutions advanced may not accord with the present policy of the States.

Without ascribing any bad faith, concern has been expressed at the level of misinformation given by members of the States, and others, who are committed to Mass Burn Incineration. Two topical examples of this would be the public statement by Deputy Hadley of Sunday, 7 March 2010, when he asserted that a Waste Transfer Station, necessary for collecting and preparing waste to go to Jersey for incineration, would cost £10 million (whereas reliable costings from suitably experienced civil engineers put the cost at between £4 million and £4.5 million), and the public statement by Deputy Spruce of Sunday, 14 March 2010, asserting that the remaining life of the landfill site at Mont Cuet was two years, when, at present rates of filling, various projections give a much longer period of time, to 2019 or beyond. Although a lack of time has prevented more detailed costings being provided, it is an inescapable fact that, relieved of the huge capital cost of a Mass Burn Incinerator and the associated annual interest payments over twenty-five years, the alternatives, which are more modest in scale, coupled with an available source of income from part of the site at Longue Hougue, leads to the conclusion that, with proper planning and stewardship, the costs of dealing with Guernsey’s solid waste other than by Mass Burn Incinerator, should be less expensive, whichever processes are chosen.

Conclusions:

• Should incineration be necessary, Mass Burn Incineration is too large for Guernsey and is too expensive.

• If Waste Minimisation is effective, there is no need for Mass Burn Incineration, and more environmentally sustainable solutions may be employed.

• Given adequate resources and focus, it should be possible for PSD to bring a strategy for the minimisation and treatment of solid waste to the States within six months of the date of this Report.

Although a lack of time has prevented more detailed costings being provided, it is an inescapable fact that, relieved of the huge capital cost of a Mass Burn Incinerator and the associated annual interest payments over twenty-five years, the alternatives, which are more modest in scale, coupled with an available source of income from part of the site at Longue Hougue, leads to the conclusion that, with proper planning and stewardship, the costs of dealing with Guernsey’s solid waste other than by Mass Burn Incinerator, should be less expensive, whichever processes are chosen.

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Money to Burn ?
Will we be forced to waste millions on a new incineration plant that's outdated and inefficient ?

People do want change!
Island-Wide Voting 2nd Report to the States.

 
 


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