The proposed incinerator next to Blooms Garden Centre is being designed to burn 190,000 tons of rubbish a year, and force Quedgeley residents to breathe in the equivalent of between 3 and 6 cigarettes a day.
The designers reckon that they will capture 27,000 tons of ash, and release 163,000 tons to the air each year. If they could spread it evenly across the whole county it works out at 52 grams per square meter, about 2 ounces per square yard, across the whole county.
The modelling reckons that about 40% of the gasses will go into the high atmosphere and be blown as far as Scandinavia. But that leaves about 68,000 tons of ash to come back down as ash. Due to wind patterns, most of it will fall over Gloucester and Cheltenham. The ash from the incinerator is equivalent to between 3 and 6 cigarettes a day, depending where you live. It is not until Bishops Cleeve that the fall out is below the equivalent of ½ cigarette a day!
That all assumes that no ineligible waste, such as batteries or electrical equipment, get into the waste feeding the plant; and that it operates within specification all day every day for the next 30 years.
Of the 27,000 tons of captured ash, they want to transport 6,000 tons each year to a special tip near Peterborough (if they can’t use the tip near Cheltenham). It is so toxic they can do nothing with it.
They want to turn the remaining 21,000 tons of ash into building blocks or road stone aggregate. That’s equivalent to making 10,400 blocks a day, every day, for the next 30 years. To do this they have to release Hydrogen Sulphide from the ash, which is a very, very smelly process; it stinks like rotten eggs; anywhere within 5 miles of the plant will smell it. They want to build this "aggregate handling plant" alongside the incinerator. The effect on the local area has not been disclosed.