Modernising Edmonton EcoPark
The existing plant has served north London well for nearly 50 years, and has diverted more than 21 million tonnes of the non-recyclable waste which would otherwise have gone to landfill. It’s had multimillion-pound investments over the decades but is reaching the end if its useful life and we are now investing in a replacement.
Waste forecast for the future shows the amount of waste we create will increase in north London, even with our positive action to reduce and recycle. We also need to divert as much waste as possible away from landfill. The new facility will manage up to 700,000 tonnes a year at a peak by 2051, even if we reach our 50% household waste recycling target. We expect to send virtually no waste to landfill.
We save carbon dioxide (the equivalent of 215,000 tonnes each year), use less space and recover valuable resources which would otherwise be lost if this waste was sent to landfill. None of the alternative ways to treat non-recyclable waste are proven at the scale we need in north London or for such a low cost. Therefore, we have chosen the most cost-effective option available with today’s most advanced and proven technology for treating non-recyclable waste.
Over the next ten years we are building:
- Energy Recovery Facility to generate low carbon energy from waste, in the form of heat and power.
- Resource Recovery Facility with an area to process bulky waste and prepare materials for energy recovery, including a:
- Reuse and Recycling Centre, for use by the public, and
- EcoPark House on River Lee Navigation including a visitor and education centre.
The project timeline can be viewed here.
What will the site look like?
- delivers the facilities required to manage north London's waste.
- creates new site access points.
- ensures the existing plant can operate up until the replacement facility is operational.
- provides space for a visitors' centre in EcoPark House near the River Lee Navigation.
- responds to consultation feedback with a modern design aiming to reduce visual impacts.
- provides space for landscaping Edmonton EcoPark upon completion.
Generate 78 megawatts of power from waste which can supply electricity and heat for up to 127,000 homes.
Save the equivalent of 215,000 tonnes of CO2 every year using energy recovery rather than disposing to landfill. That’s like taking 110,000 cars off the road.
Improve air quality in north London with a current plant that operates 20% better than the permitted levels of nitrogen oxide and the new facility performing at more than 60% better.
Support an impressive programme for over 100 apprenticeships and 225 skills training opportunities for the local community.
Create over 2,500 job opportunities during construction and operation, further boosting the local economy.
Treat waste for over 2 million residents in the most cost-effective way.