Belvedere incinerator (1)

MQT on 2009-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2009
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can you give a breakdown of the anticipated increases in incineration rates of each of the Western Riverside Waste Authority Boroughs (Hammersmith & Fulham, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Kensington & Chelsea) following the 30 year contract that the waste authority signed with Cory to incinerate their waste in the Belvedere incinerator?


Answer for Belvedere incinerator (1)

Answer for Belvedere incinerator (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In 2007/08 Western Riverside Waste Authority produced 365,190 tonnes of waste. It sent 4,190 tonnes of residual waste delivered by its four constituent boroughs as well as waste sent by members of the public to Civic Amenity sites for incineration. The remaining 361,000 tonnes of residual waste was sent to landfill.

When commissioned in 2011 it is proposed that the Belvedere incinerator facility will treat all the residual waste produced by the WRWA for the next 21 years. The breakdown by constituent borough for residual waste for incineration at Belvedere is approximately 73,000 tonnes (20 per cent) each for Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea, and 110,000 tonnes (30 per cent) each for Lambeth and Wandsworth.

My new waste management strategy for London will not favour traditional incineration like Belvedere. I believe we should be developing other ways to derive energy from waste using technologies such as anaerobic digestion, gasification, and pyrolyisis that can achieve higher efficiencies and environmental benefits, particularly when both heat and power generated are used. To the extent that we do have incinerators, I believe they should be operating in combined heat and power mode to improve their overall efficiency.