Waste Incineration

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6227
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

How do you work with local communities who have concerns about the air pollution and health impacts of waste incineration?

Answer

Waste Incineration

Waste Incineration

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My London Environment Strategy makes clear that if London achieves my waste reduction and recycling targets we will not need any new energy from waste facilities beyond those already built or that have planning permission. I recently objected to Cory’s national planning application for an incinerator in Bexley. I will be looking to understand key concerns raised by local community groups who also oppose the application.

With respect to specific local air quality concerns about existing incinerators, the Environment Agency is responsible for permitting these and working with local authorities and local communities to manage any resulting air pollution or associated impacts.

Recognising the importance of this issue I have commissioned a report into the air quality-related health impacts of existing incineration capacity in London which is expected to be published later this year.