THERE might not be enough waste to burn at the new £100 million La Collette incinerator if the parish of St Helier strikes a deal to export some of its waste.
The Constable of St Helier, Simon Crowcroft, together with parish officials, travelled to France last week to talk to companies interested in recycling St Helier’s waste. And he said that if the parish ends up shipping out considerable amounts of waste to Brittany, the huge new incinerator could end up never being able to work at its full capacity.
Visit to Brittany
Mr Crowcroft said that during the visit to Brittany with the parish’s new recycling manager, David Edgell, and municipal services director Tony Andrews, they saw an incinerator much smaller than the one the States has contracted to build that can handle the waste of a population of 180,000.
The La Collette energy-from-waste plant is capable of burning 105,000 tonnes of waste on an annual basis and the Island is currently putting about 80,000 tonnes through the existing Bellozanne plant. However, Mr Crowcroft said that they saw a system that is a mixture of incineration and recycling at a place near Paimpol that allowed an energy-from-waste plant with a capacity of 56,000 tonnes to be able to handle the waste of a population of 180,000.