A judge has ordered Cardiff Council to reveal how Viridor’s Cardiff energy from waste plant can be categorised as a “recovery” installation – eligible for more than £100m of Welsh Government subsidy – instead of a “disposal” operation, which it is not, after campaigners have questioned the efficiency status of the plant.
Environmental campaigners, Friends of the Earth Cymru, challenged the Information Commissioner’s decision that the information should be withheld from the public, after Viridor and Cardiff council said that disclosing such information would “discourage innovation”.
A judge has now decided that Cardiff Council should have revealed the information regarding Viridor’s Trident Park classification as an R1 recovery operation. It was decided the information is not commercially sensitive.
Gareth Clubb, Friends of the Earth Cymru – “This is a hugely significant decision by the Judge. He has rightly determined that spending more than a hundred million pounds of public money should be subject to full public scrutiny”
The Court Notice states that the Information Commissioner had “erred in law in his decision” amid the “strong public interest in transparency about this important decision”.
Gareth Clubb, director of Friends of the Earth Cymru, said: “This is a hugely significant decision by the Judge. He has rightly determined that spending more than a hundred million pounds of public money should be subject to full public scrutiny.
“Incineration is the wrong answer to our waste problem. People right across Wales are making terrific efforts to recycle, and we now recycle more than half of our waste. Instead of pouring cash into burning our rubbish, the Welsh Government should be focusing on making Wales’ recycling systems the best in the world.”