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Belvedere incinerator a "backward step"

The Deputy Mayor of London has called the decision to build an incinerator at Belvedere a “backward step” in the battle against climate change.

Nicky Gavron believes the Energy from Waste facility to be built in the London Borough of Bexley highlights the need for a London single waste authority and additional planning powers for the Mayor. She suggests that such a move would mean that key decisions on waste would be taken in the interests of London as a whole.

Gavron said: “The Belvedere incinerator would be the biggest incinerator in the UK and one of the biggest in Europe. Thousands of tonnes of waste such as plastic bottles, cans and food waste that could be easily recycled or turned into renewable gas will instead be burnt; this is short-term thinking, not a twenty-first century solution.

“Our research shows that we can manage 85% of our waste in London by 2020 without a huge new incinerator. This would also create a whole new green sector of industries recycling and processing waste and making renewable sources of energy by gasification or the anaerobic digestion of waste.”

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