Beddington incinerator - lessons from WRWA

MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Since the Belvedere Energy from Waste plant in Bexley went into operation in 2012 there have been substantial falls in recycling rates amongst the Western Riverside Waste Authority boroughs (Lambeth, Wandsworth, Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea).  Bearing this in mind, do you expect the recycling rates to also fall amongst the boroughs belonging to the South London Waste Partnership (Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton and Sutton) if the planned Viridor Energy Recovery plant in Sutton becomes operational?


Answer for Beddington incinerator - lessons from WRWA

Answer for Beddington incinerator - lessons from WRWA

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I understand the main reason for recycling rates dropping in the Western Riverside Waste Authority boroughs is down to contamination problems with the materials recycling facility in Smugglers Way. Through the London Waste and Recycling Board I am supporting these boroughs to raise awareness with residents to reduce contamination to ensure that what is put out for recycling gets recycled.

The South London Waste Partnership boroughs already collectively recycle around 40% of their waste and intend to reach higher rates in line with recycling targets in my municipal waste management strategy. Given this already high recycling performance and expensive incineration costs, I do not consider the Partnership's intended energy recovery plant plans should affect recycling performance.