One of the UK’s largest producers of municipal waste per square mile, London currently landfills over half of its municipal solid waste. Most of the remainder is transported outside the capital and handled by neighbouring counties.
Whilst every effort is made to recycle this waste, a significant proportion of the ‘residual’ rubbish was until recently placed in containers and transported down the Thames by barge to a landfill site in Thurrock.
Waiting in the wings along the Thames’ south bank in the London Borough of Bexley, is part of the answer to the problem – a brand new energy from waste facility. Capable of managing around 585,000 tonnes of residual waste each year, the new Riverside Recovery Resource plant will generate up to 72MW of electricity.
Implemented in 2011, the new plant receive’s municipal solid and other non-recyclable waste at its purpose built jetty via barge. Operated by London’s largest lighterage operator, Cory Environmental, the plant will save more than 100,000 HGV road trips each year and is one of the UK’s largest and most efficient energy recovery facilities.
Alleviating the current issue of residual waste to landfill, the facility will provide an important strategic waste management facility to assist with London’s green waste disposal.