Unlike much of Europe, the UK has traditionally relied heavily on landfill to manage its waste. This is rapidly changing due to European, national and local policies on waste management aimed at reducing the amount of waste generated, increasing recycling and composting, recovering value and energy from waste and reducing reliance on landfill.
This includes increasing landfill tax every year by £8 per tonne, until it reaches £72 by 2013.
The South London Waste Partnership - which includes the London Boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton - awarded Viridor a recycling-led contract to handle and transport its dry recyclables, food and garden waste and to provide landfill disposal services in 2008 for the following 14 years.
As part of this contract, Viridor will provide a sustainable solution to deal with food waste arising from households in the partnership area. This would be achieved with an Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant at our existing recycling, composting and landfill site on Beddington Lane, Sutton.
Our proposals outline a resource efficient solution for the generation of green electricity and production of soil conditioner for restoration and landscaping applications from the food waste collected by the Boroughs.
Viridor anticipates five jobs will be created when the facility is fully operational.
A planning application has been submitted to the planning authority - the London Borough of Sutton. The council will inform local stakeholders and seek their views through a public consultation before it makes its decision.
To find out more about the consultation process and dates visit the council's website www.sutton.gov.uk .
We believe this solution offers good value for money and will bring positive social and economic benefits to the local area and region.
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