Envac’s underground vacuum waste system has been chosen to handle the waste at Surrey Canal, a Sporting Village development in Lewisham, south-east London.
The £3m contract will see Envac handle 5,000 tonnes of waste from the site each year.
In a partnership with nearby power plant SELCHP, residual waste from the Envac system will be fed directly into the plant to generate energy for the whole of the village. A recycling rate of more than 40% is expected to be achieved.
Envac UK managing director Julian Gaylor said: “Using the Envac system to generate energy from waste is an extremely compelling feature and takes sustainable waste management to the next level. It will also help to deliver a sustainable community in its truest sense, and we are delighted to have been been appointed to work on such a groundbreaking development.”
The system works by installing waste inlets at various points throughout the site and a fan system sucks the waste through underground tubes at 70mph. The waste is collected into large containers, which are hoisted on to refuse vehicles once full.