Do you need the new facility?
Over the last 50 years the existing plant at Edmonton EcoPark has diverted more than 21 million tonnes of non-recyclable waste from landfill, but it’s reaching the end of its operational life and needs to be replaced. We’ve looked hard at the alternatives for dealing with the volume of waste produced by north London’s residents – around 3% of the UK total – and energy recovery is a sustainable and proven solution which is fit for the future needs of north London.
The population in north London has risen from 1.6 million in 2002 to just over 2 million now. By 2050 we expect it to be 2.5 million, which means we need to provide a solution to the non-recyclable waste generated by this number of people. If the facility is not built then up to 700,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste from an increasing north London population could be landfilled, which is significantly more expensive for society and generates highly damaging greenhouse gases like methane.
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