Having research the validity of the proposed Newport BIOMASS Plant, I have concluded that much better use can be made of the old cement site at the end of Stage Lane.
My reasoning is as follows
Island waste apparently “disappears” in three ways:
a) landfill for which there is a financial penalty paid to the Government
b) Incineration at the Forest Road plant
c) Removal by Road primarily by Biffa to the mainland.
Since we all agree that “landfill is a bad thing” and that the Forest Road Plant has been inadequate and a disaster from health and from landfill reduction considerations. The remaining solution is to ship waste off the Island.
Sorting waste for re-cycling and calling the activity “green” is pointless unless it can be used effectively. This implies large scale operations such as the incinerators at Southampton and Portsmouth and large scale re-cycling plants.
The cost of shipping waste across the Solent is about £17 per ton. This added cost renders the waste material being shipped uncompetitive even uneconomic for re-cycling.
By setting up a wharf at Stag lane and using self propelled barges to move containers of skips across to say southampton docks the cost per ton could be reduced to under £10.
I understand that Biffa have been approached with this suggestion of using a dedicated shipping facility. Since we Islanders pay anyway Biffa clearly have nothing to lose by using the existing ferry arrangements.
A dedicated wharf on the Island linked to Southampton dockside would seem to open up all manner of opportunities for exporting waste to be used effectively and, why not, importing wood products for industrial and home consumption in furnaces.
What it most certainly D=SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR IS TO IMPORT FOREIGN WOOD PELLETS AND USE 2/3 OF THE ENERGY TO HEAT THE WATER OR AIR IN THE MEDINA VALLEY.