“We need a burning plant in Edmonton because the apartments will not be recycled”


    A large new incinerator is needed to dispose of rubbish because the apartments have a “lower recycling rate than their homes”, according to North London authorities.

    Participants in the anti-incineration campaign say that if recycling levels in north London improve, waste will need to be brought in from other parts of the country to support the new incineration.

    According to the plans of the North London Waste Authority (NLWA), the new incinerator in Edmonton will suffer from “significant technical problems” if it burns less than 490,000 tons of waste each year, which is only 100,000 tons less than in the North London in 2020/21. .

    Figures released by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) suggest that recycling in NLWA areas is no more than 25-33%, well below the national target of 50% by 2020.

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    When asked to comment on what will happen if improved recycling rates stop local supplies of waste for incineration, NLWA posted a statement on its website stating that its forecasts show that “increased capacity is needed” to meet local demand for energy and increasing waste.

    The statement added: “Even in the most ambitious scenario, achieving 65% recycling and 50% reduction in food waste, London will still experience energy shortages at the expense of waste facilities if [North London Heat and Power Project] not being built as soon as London’s old factories go out of operation, which is expected in the mid-2030s.

    “This is because the population in north London is expected to grow by 10-45%, with growth mainly in flats and flats where recycling rates are lower than in homes.

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    “We expect people to recycle more and produce less waste in the future, but in general there will be more people who produce waste, which means we need to plan to increase waste.”

    “If society moves faster to a circular economy, we can change the facility to continue to operate on a smaller scale, so we won’t have to take external waste from other areas.”

    Authorities also said its estimates of waste do not include commercial and business waste that is “currently being processed elsewhere.”

    The report, prepared for NLWA committee members who approved the new incinerator, also highlights the government’s “commitment to electricity” at the local level.

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    These include a company wholly owned by the Edmonton heating network, Energetik and Ark, which manages the nearest data center.

    Earlier, the NLWA claimed it had “no plans” to receive waste outside the seven London boroughs that control it.

    Another option to reduce capacity is for the combustion plant to shut down one of its two “production lines”, halving capacity to 350,000 tonnes a year.

    A needs assessment for the new incinerator, published by the NLWA in 2015, found that the level of recycling in apartments is “typically about 10 percent or less” due to space constraints, building design and “transitional” populations.

    The report adds: “It is expected that in the future the share of high-density housing will increase in line with the London plan. An increase in the number of apartments in north London will mean that the problem of reaching the 50 per cent recycling target will increase.

    “Transitioning creates additional difficulties for local authorities who want to report the need to improve recycling and waste prevention in the form of increased communication budget costs and increased levels of recycling pollution.”

    Considering European cities that are more successful in recycling waste, the 2015 report pays “pay as you throw” schemes, and fines or fees are effective for improving people’s behavior.

    The report adds: “Although the context and political environment of these cities are different from London, they help illustrate that, although higher recycling rates are higher than those currently achieved in constituency districts , practically possible, a level above 50 per cent is likely to be challenging given modern technology, the socio-economic / demographic context of north London and the current policy regime. ”


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