Alderney has asked for Jersey’s help in dealing with its bin bags as part of a £90,000 deal.
Having decided that exporting all of its waste to Guernsey was no longer feasible, the island is suggesting shipping 600 tonnes of waste to Jersey each year instead at a cost of £150 per tonne to cover processing costs – a proposal Infrastructure Minister Kevin Lewis is urging Jersey's States Members to support.
Pictured: Guernsey's Mont Cuet tip, which is almost full.
The waste, a States of Jersey official said, would be less than the total produced by the parish of St. Mary, and could generate energy for up to 100 homes in the island. Alderney says it will pay £150 per tonne to cover the cost of processing the waste.
“This is an opportunity to support our neighbours and for the islands to work together. It is also an opportunity to generate both income and electricity; and to get greater value from the investment that we’ve made in our Energy From Waste (EfW) plant by using some of its spare capacity, all by simply accepting one extra trailer of black bin bags per week,” the Minister said.
He is now planning a vote on the matter in the States of Jersey on 6 November.
Jersey States officials said that no new staff, equipment or changes in processes would be needed to manage the change, if accepted.
“We need approval because, in 2010 when the EfW incinerator was built, Members were concerned that ash from the process would be buried in Jersey and create a legacy problem,” Deputy Lewis said. “Since 2016, however, we have exported all EfW ash to the UK for recycling, so the main reason for Members’ concern has been resolved and I hope that they will approve this proposal,” he added.
Pictured: Guernsey should be producing fewer of these under the island's new waste strategy, but those which are thrown out will be shipped off island for incineration in Sweden.
Guernsey had considered exporting its waste to Jersey previously, but instead signed a contract with Geminor UK to export non recyclable rubbish to England, from where it will be shipped to Sweden for incineration in an energy from waste plant.
It's reported the Geminor UK contract offered Guernsey better value for money than working with Jersey did.
Pictured top: La Collette in Jersey
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