10:00, 21st March 2017
London ‘pulling ahead’ as Goodwin unveils recycling plan
London is “starting to pull ahead” in terms of waste treatment infrastructure and its potential to provide district heating, but there is still considerable work to be done to address recycling collections in the city.
This was the message during the first session of the London Conference near Regent’s Park last week (16 March), which was organised by letsrecycle.com.
Liz Goodwin, the recently-appointed chair of LWARB, and Andrew Richmond, policy and programme manager at the Greater London Authority, took to the podium to outline their ambitions for recycling in the city.
Commenting on the status of waste infrastructure, Mr Richmond argued that “London is starting to pull ahead” referring to district heating available through Veolia’s SELCHP energy from waste plant in Southwark, and Viridor’s upcoming Beddington EfW plant to the south of the city.
He said that “early modelling suggest that things are not too bad for infrastructure in London”, before going on to ask the audience “Is it the right type of infrastructure?”