Authority Meeting its Waste Strategy Objectives - 5 August 2008

The Western Riverside Waste Authority is pleased to report that its contractor, Cory Environmental, has confirmed that it has secured funding for its Riverside Resource Recovery (RRR) facility, enabling the construction phase of the project to now begin in earnest.

The RRR facility, being constructed in Bexley, will process an average of 585,000 tonnes of waste a year, generating 72 MW of electricity - enough to supply 66,000 homes.

The Authority's residual waste will be transported to the RRR facility in sealed containers carried by barge on the River Thames and the use of the river will save at least 1.3 million heavy goods vehicle miles per year.

Construction work on the site started in January this year and the facility is scheduled to begin operating in 2011.

Cory is also building an 84,000 tonne per annum Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at the Authority's Smugglers Way transfer station in Wandsworth which is due to be completed in 2010. This facility will process paper, glass, plastic and other materials delivered by the Authority's constituent councils from their "Orange Sack" recycling schemes.

Together the RRR and MRF facilities will enable the Authority to continue to divert as much waste as possible up the waste hierarchy and away from landfill, in line with the policies and objectives set out in the Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy agreed by the Authority.

ENDS

For general information please contact:

David Jones-Owen, Deputy Clerk, Tel: 020 8871 7032

Notes for editors:

Western Riverside Waste Authority is one of four statutory waste disposal authorities in London, and is responsible for the treatment of waste collected by the London boroughs of Lambeth, Wandsworth, Hammersmith & Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.