Jersey

Jersey gets licence to ship waste ash to UK

Ash in sacks at La Collette incinerator
Image caption The toxic ash has been stored in sealed pits while a more permanent solution was worked on

Toxic ash created by burning rubbish in Jersey's energy from waste plant can now be shipped to the UK for treatment or disposal.

The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has issued the States with a licence to transport the waste material.

The States has gone out to tender for a company to carry out the work.

Other non-toxic ash is being tested to see if it can be recycled and used as a building material.

The ash is created by burning rubbish at La Collette and the toxic or fly ash is separated and is currently being stored in sealed pits.

Deputy Kevin Lewis, Transport and Technical Services Minister, said the ash would be "exported then made safe".

He said the process was "not cheap", but probably ran into hundreds of thousands of pounds and his department had the budget for it.

Deputy Lewis said: "It's something we can't deal with ourselves so it will be sent away for remediation or disposal... we don't have the facility on island to remediate it."

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