From waste to en­ergy

Bor­ough’s rub­bish will be taken to new re­cov­ery cen­tre

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

A NEW power plant ca­pa­ble of trans­form­ing waste from west Lon­don bor­oughs in­clud­ing Har­row and Hilling­don into en­ergy has opened.

Non-re­cy­cle rub­bish from six Lon­don bor­oughs will be trans­ported across Eng­land to the new Sev­ern­side En­ergy Re­cov­ery Cen­tre (SERC) in South Glouces­ter­shire.

The newly opened plant will be tak­ing waste from Brent, Eal­ing, Har­row, Hilling­don, Houn­slow and Rich­mond and con­vert it into en­ergy to power homes through the Na­tional Grid.

Eal­ing coun­cil­lor and chair of the West Lon­don Waste Au­thor­ity, Bas­sam Ma­houz, said: “In just three years fol­low­ing our award win­ning pro­cure­ment, SUEZ has quickly and ef­fi­ciently de­liv­ered the Sev­ern­side En­ergy Re­cov­ery Cen­tre.

“Our part­ner­ship will de­liver our am­bi­tions of di­vert­ing al­most all of our waste from land­fill, con­tinue to en­cour­age in­creased re­cy­cling at a lo­cal bor­ough level, and achieve sav­ings for west Lon­don whilst cre­at­ing a new, valu­able en­ergy source.

“We and the bor­oughs of Brent, Eal­ing, Har­row, Hilling­don, Houn­slow and Rich­mond upon Thames will con­tinue push­ing on towards our am­bi­tious tar­get of 50% re­cy­cling by 2020 know­ing that 96% of resid­ual waste is be­ing used to cre­ate re­new­able en­ergy.”

The West Lon­don Waste Au­thor­ity, in part­ner­ship with re­cy­cling com­pany SUEZ, is hop­ing to di­vert 96% of waste to the new fa­cil­ity.

At SERC waste will be used as a fuel to cre­ate en­ergy and the fa­cil­ity can pro­duce enough elec­tric­ity to power around 50,000 homes.

Waste will be trans­ported to the fa­cil­ity via train from two trans­fer sta­tions in Trans­port Av­enue in Brent­ford and Vic­to­ria Road in Ruis­lip.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Suez re­cy­cling and re­cov­ery UK, David Palmer-Jones, said: “We’re de­lighted to round off 2016 on a high note by be­gin­ning op­er­a­tions at SERC on sched­ule, ex­actly three years af­ter we broke ground sat Sev­ern­side.

“The Sev­ern­side En­ergy Re­cov­ery cen­tre al­lows us to make best use of west Lon­don res­i­dents’ resid­ual waste by turn­ing it into sus­tain­able en­ergy and we very much look for­ward to serv­ing west Lon­don’s res­i­dents for years to come.”

The West Lon­don Waste Au­thor­ity is a statu­tory body re­spon­si­ble for dis­pos­ing waste from Brent, Eal­ing, Har­row, Houn­slow, Hilling­don and Rich­mond.

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