Alongside the continued fantastic efforts of PlymWin, Incineration is Wrong are still doing all it can to stop the Plymouth incinerator. A concerned resident and supporter of IIW has now made a Freedom of Information request to Plymouth City Council. After she and members of IIW visited her local councillor it is clear that the ruling democratically elected members are no able to see the full details of the contract between MVV and PCC. Of particular interest to IIW is: what are the fines if in ten years we have a council who take recycling seriously, meaning that we have a similar situation to that which is taking place in Sweden where they have run out of waste to feed them? (www.pri.org/stories/science/environment/swedes-import-trash-to-power-the-nation-10428.html) Secondly, what are the full costings of the PFI deal?
We want to deal with facts. The Plymouth Incinerator will burn recyclable waste. Plymouth presently has a pityful rate of recycling with much presently going to landfill. Once the incinerator is up and running this recyclable waste will be diverted to the incinerator. If Plymouth had higher rates of recycling (similar to other parts of Europe) and diverted all food waste (we have a local company who can do this for commercial busineses at present) an incinerator could not be warranted.
We welcome any opportunities to be spoken to or interviewed. Likewise, we can also put you in touch with the St Budeaux resident who has made the FOI request. Note, at this point PCC have confirmed receipt of the request and have said that a reply will be received within in 10 days. If they reply citing ‘commercial sensitivity’ we intend to appeal.