‘Ill thought-through waste strategy based on misinformation’

THE revised waste strategy is ‘ill thought-through, misguided and expensive’, according to a long-term critic of the island’s moves to export its refuse.

Pic by Adrian Miller 15-03-16Royal CourtsStates meetingTony SpruceEducation

Former deputy and Public Services Department board member Tony Spruce has called on members to support Peter Roffey’s amendment which is seeking a review of moving to an on-island waste disposal solution in the long term.

‘There is absolutely no need to vote lemming-like for an ill thought-through, misguided and expensive waste export strategy,’ writes Mr Spruce in an open letter.

He said that the plans offer no long-term disposal contract or price guarantees.

In his view the States vote in 2010 to overturn a decision for a waste-to-energy incinerator ‘was based on inaccurate costings, misinformation and unachievable recycling targets’.

On retiring from the States he said he had not intended to ‘publicly inflict my opinion of the proposed waste strategy on the public ever again,’ but he felt it important that all new States members be made aware of the history and background to the issue.

He writes that after the 2012 decision and up to last year, two Public Services ministers ‘consistently avoided providing the States Assembly with accurate facts even when under detailed questioning from myself and other deputies’.

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