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LWaRB announces infrastructure projects shortlisted for funding

The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWaRB) has today announced the first projects to have been shortlisted for funding from its waste infrastructure fund.

The shortlisted proposals have been placed in LWaRB’s ‘infrastructure pool’ which contains those projects that are capable of delivering successful landfill diversion, boosting recycling or generating renewable energy from the reprocessing of waste.

The following organisations/projects have been placed in the ‘infrastructure pool’:

·         Biossence proposing an £80m gasifier in East London

·         Greentech, seeking support for a plastic processing plant in Enfield, handling up to 25,000 tonnes of plastic annually

·        Coronation Nursery, proposing an anaerobic digestion plant processing 15,000 tonnes of food waste to generate electricity, heat, fertiliser and CO2 to use back into its greenhouses

·        Bywaters, which wants to extend its existing Materials Recovery Facility based in Newham to handle an extra 140,000 tonnes of waste

·        Greenwich Council, an anaerobic digestion facility located in Greenwich Borough handling at least 25,000 tonnes of food and green waste annually

·        The TEG Group, which is the proposed operator of the consortium that the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC) have selected as its preferred bidder for a 30,000 tonne merchant anaerobic digestion plant at the London Sustainable Industries Park

·        Powerday, which is proposing a new Materials Recovery Facility in West London, dealing with 750,000 tonnes of recycling

·        South London Waste Partnership and Viridor Waste Management, an anaerobic digestion plant handling 30,000 tonnes of food waste from the London Boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton.

These organisations will now be invited to develop full business cases for their projects, which will be fully evaluated, before being put forward for funding decisions from the board.

LWaRB chair James Cleverly said: “LWARB’s Business Plan for 2010/11 sets out the aim to support a range of technologies that would divert around a million tonnes of London’s waste from landfill.

“The projects announced today are all capable of making a significant contribution towards this target. Officers of the Board will now work closely with each organisation to work up their business cases to a high level to give them the best chance of successfully receiving funding from the Board.”

A final call for projects seeking funding for waste infrastructure was made by LWaRB back in April. LWaRB said it had a good response to this call and received new proposals from over 30 organisations. The first of the projects in the pool to receive funding are expected to be announced in September.

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