Methane extraction from landfill (2)

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many operational and filled landfill sites are there in Greater London? How many of these are currently extracting methane for conversion into bio fuels, for electrical or heat generation?


Answer for Methane extraction from landfill (2)

Answer for Methane extraction from landfill (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London has two operational landfill sites (Rainham and Beddington) accepting municipal waste and methane is extracted from both for electricity generation. There are a number of other operational landfill sites in London although these accept largely inert materials such as rubble, aggregates and stones from construction, demolition and excavation activities, and produce very little methane worth extracting for energy conversion.

I do not know how many filled landfill sites there are in Greater London or whether they are extracting methane for energy conversion. I am however aware that Gasrec, the UK's first commercial producer of liquid biomethane fuel and SITA UK are producing liquid biomethane ('LBM') fuel from methane extracted from SITA UK's Albury landfill site in Surrey. More information on this can be found at

Please also refer to my answer to MQ3187 / 2009.