A spokesperson for the South London Waste Partnership’s four boroughs (Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton) has said they are pleased that, “on the fair balance of evidence, the right decision has been made” over the future of an Energy Recovery Facility in South London.
The Sutton planning decision follows an application from Viridor who have been awarded a contract to dispose of the South London Waste Partnership’s residual waste. It will see that the Partnership meets its statutory landfill diversion targets and avoids hefty landfill levies and fines.
Responding to the news, Councillor Derek Osbourne, chair of the South London Waste Partnership Joint Waste Committee said: “I’m very proud of the deal we have achieved for local people. This facility is both kind to the environment and it avoids passing on large costs to the taxpayer. Viridor has listened to local people and offered something that makes sense for the entire area.”
Derek Osbourne – “I’m very proud of the deal we have achieved for local people. This facility is both kind to the environment and it avoids passing on large costs to the taxpayer”
Rachel Lewis, chair of the South London Waste Partnership Management Group, said: “We have spent four years driving towards the best technical and commercial deal that the waste industry has to offer. We’ve seen first-hand that combining greater recycling with energy recovery is the only viable commercial option if you want to protect the environment and save the taxpayer money.
“We’re very glad science and evidence won the argument and Viridor can now build a state-of-the-art facility. This technology has taken huge leaps forward recently and really come of age – most of Europe is pursuing energy recovery. This is a safe, environmentally sustainable, proven technology. We can rest assured this is the right choice for our boroughs.”
Extracting Electricity And Heat
At present over 200,000 tonnes of “black bag” waste from households in Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton goes to landfill. Viridor’s proposal is to develop a state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at its existing landfill and recycling site in Beddington, Sutton.
This facility would have the capacity to process up to 275,000 tonnes of waste per year, extracting valuable electricity and heat from the process.
Robert Ryan, head of development projects at Viridor, said: “It is great news that the committee recognised by granting us planning permission that our proposed ERF is the right solution for South London’s waste challenge and is one that will deliver real economic, social and environmental benefits. It is a safe and cost-effective long-term alternative to landfill, recovering resources and reducing costs to the tax payer.
“The local community should be further reassured about the safety of our proposed ERF by the Environment Agency’s announcement earlier this week that it is minded to grant us and Environmental Permit to operate the facility. We look forward to progressing with the project and to delivering this facility and associated environmental, economic and social benefits.”