Veolia is looking to supply non-recyclable commercial and industrial waste for its Newhaven Incinerator from regions neighbouring East Sussex and Brighton and Hove.
It asserts this will permit the incinerator to create sufficient energy to power 25,000 homes always.
However, cllr Rod Main from Newhaven said this could lead to more pollution and trucks.
Veolia applied for planning permission to East Sussex County Council to raise a planning condition to permit the scheme to proceed.
General manager for Veolia in South Downs Allan Key said the firm wanted to expand the catchment area outside East Sussex and Brighton and Hove.
He explained it wouldn’t result in physical changes at the incinerator or boost to the 242,000tpa capacity. Facilities like the one we’ve got here in Newhaven recovers energy from waste that could otherwise be lost by moving out of county landfill”
Cllr Main stated:”They want more waste to assist ESCC’s carbon footprint by pumping more carbon dioxide into the air (and it’s about 100,000 tonnes pa now) to not mention how many more trucks will be coming directly across Sussex from who knows where adding to the pollution.
“It’s helping to power 25,000 homes. There is a proposed wind farm just off the shore which might power 20 times that also it will not be pumping 100,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere every year for the next 20 or more years.”
“It’s helping to power 25,000 homes. There’s a proposed wind farm just off the coast which might power 20 times that and it won’t be pumping 100,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere every year for the next 20 or more years.”