A green solution for managing north London’s rubbish
North London Waste Authority manages about a quarter of all the rubbish and recycling in London. Our aim is to protect the environment and help stop the climate emergency.
The best thing we can all do for the environment is produce less rubbish and recycle more. We help councils, businesses and two million residents to do just this. But, even after north London achieves higher recycling rates, there will always be rubbish left over that can’t be recycled and needs to be dealt with.
There are lots of ways to deal with un-recyclable waste. One option is to bury it in the ground at a landfill site, but this is extremely damaging to the environment and we’re doing everything we can to stop it happening. The best option for the environment is to use the rubbish to generate electricity, which is what we’ve been doing for 50 years, at the EcoPark.
The EcoPark has diverted 21 million tonnes of your rubbish from landfill since 1971. It has served north London very well, but now the facility needs updating to make sure we can keep treating north London’s rubbish for another 50 years, stop it being buried in the ground, and recover more energy from our waste.
To help tackle the climate emergency and to prevent rubbish going to landfill we are redeveloping the EcoPark and building the greenest Energy Recovery Facility in the country, as well as modern recycling facilities. The current facility is too small and cannot cope with all of north London’s rubbish. We are building something that will be big enough to cope if the amount of rubbish does not fall quick enough, but because we want people to recycle more, we have made sure it will not need to be full to operate successfully. This means we will not need to import rubbish from other areas.
The redevelopment is the most significant public sector investment in waste facilities London has seen for a generation and we’re proud to be setting a benchmark for other waste authorities. It is our chance to build the greenest waste hub of its kind in the country. The new EcoPark will be more advanced and provide north London residents with better facilities.
We have considered a number of alternative options, but the fact is that alternatives are worse for the environment and in the long term would cost north London council tax payers a lot more. We are dealing with the rubbish in a publicly owned facility, which will be the cleanest in Europe, generating electricity, heat and power for thousands of homes.
The EcoPark will:
- Generate electricity for up to 127,000 homes
- Supply hot water and heating for up to 60,000 local homes and businesses. This means no gas boilers.
- Improve local air quality by using the most advanced technology to capture emissions
- Save as much carbon as taking 110,000 cars off the road each year
- Contribute to achieving 50% household recycling rates
And we’re much more than just the EcoPark - we’re an active part of the north London community and an important part of the ongoing regeneration of Enfield. We are:
- Creating green jobs through the delivery of at least 100 apprenticeships for local residents in highly skilled roles which supports Enfield Council’s plans to promote high-tech industries in Edmonton
- Delivering 225 on-site training placements for local residents
- Running a school outreach programme to teach students about waste management processes and careers in construction
- Running an award-winning waste prevention programme to encourage residents to reduce re-use and recycle
The new EcoPark will provide the very best facilities to treat north London’s rubbish, whilst also helping to clean up air quality. And, we’re constantly looking for pioneering ways to make the EcoPark greener. That’s why we’re accelerating our plan to fit Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology. We’re building the Energy Recovery Facility ready for adaptation to CCS as soon as the technology is available in north London. This will strengthen our efforts to tackle the climate emergency and support the UK’s overall effort to achieve Net Zero.
The redevelopment of Edmonton EcoPark is critical to ensure we’re at the forefront of tackling the climate emergency. Alongside delivering a greener waste hub, we’re proud to be unlocking hundreds of benefits for north London residents. Please get in touch if you have any questions about Edmonton EcoPark.