Veolia has opened a £60m integrated waste management facility in south London.
The site off Old Kent Road will be operated as part of the company’s £665m 25-year PFI contract with Southwark council.
The facility contains London’s first inner-city mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant.
Veolia says the facility, which has a capacity of 87,000 tonnes per year, could recover 10% of residual waste for recycling, with the remainder turned into a solid recovered fuel and energy from waste.
The 14 acre site also incorporates a MRF, a recycling and reuse centre, a waste transfer station, facilities for sending food and garden waste to compost, and a visitor’s education centre.
Southwark says the facility will serve 45,000 homes, handling all the borough’s 120,000 tonnes a year of waste.
Southwark Council leader councillor Peter John said the opening was an important milestone for the borough, allowing residents to recycle more material than ever before without the need to sort, and diverting waste from landfill.
Jean-Dominique Mallet, chief executive at Veolia Environmental Services UK, said: “This facility includes our first MBT plant in the UK and takes inner city recycling and treatment to a new level by providing a completely integrated sustainable waste management solution on one site.”
Construction work by VolkerFitzpatrick began in June 2010 following demolition and decontamination of the former gasworks site.