All this proposed recycled "matter" makes me wonder in the long term will there be enough refuse to keep the incinerator ticking over?
Well, although I am far from proficient in translating public service gibberish, I think this is the "council speak" way of answering "No" to your question.
.....the energy recovery plant to Shetland Heat Energy and Power (SHEAP).
A move towards greater recycling would force the plant to alter its business model to “find and use waste streams that maintain sufficient calorific content”
Read that as you will, but I read it as: "We're stealing a sizeable percentage of your current fuel, so you're just going to have to get out there as source some other burnable "waste".
Fine and well, but if I recall the current incinerator took (takes?) waste from offshore and Orkney to keep it running at optimum capacity. Sooooo, where's this other 'waste' supposed to come from seeing as it'll need a 200 mile shipping journey.....which increases its cost. So maybe burning diesel would be cheaper......Or will SHEAP have to be subsidised to exist rather than turning a profit....Or will District Heating customers have to pay over the odds for their heating....Or will SHEAP just be quietly left to fade away as "no longer economically viable"..... The "greeness" of shipping plastic and paper south, only to ship non-recycable combustibles back, or put everyone back on to diesel generated electric, is quite iffy at best.
All they're doing with this is jumping through Scots Govt hoops that one size most definitely must fit all, so that boxes can be ticked, common sense, logic and intelligence have all been disallowed from participating.
Edited by Ghostrider, 28 August 2017 - 09:58 PM.