The Mayor of London has announced that he will be taking legal action to challenge the planned incinerator at Belvedere.
Ken Livingstone is working with Bexley Council to seek a judicial review of the Energy Ministers decision to give the development the go-ahead.
He said: The decision to give the green light to an incinerator at Bexley undermines our battle against climate change and is not in the best interests of London as a whole. Once you build an incinerator, you have it for 30 years.
Thousands of tonnes of Londons rubbish, which could be recycled or turned into renewable gas will instead be burnt. Climate change is at the top of my agenda and an incinerator is a backward step in the battle to cut emissions and increase recycling.
Livingstone believes that the decision will impact on local people and means that there will be less incentive for Londons rubbish to be recycled.
He added: The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs review of the national waste strategy makes no mention of new technologies that can produce renewable hydrogen and can be smaller and cleaner than incineration. Instead, their strategy seems to be based on just old inefficient technologies that simply burn waste.
The decision by Government, if left to stand means that councils who fail to recycle waste can simply burn it instead. London already burns one million tonnes of rubbish a year, consisting of waste, such as plastic, that can easily be recycled. Unless the Government reviews its position, London will be surrounded by a ring of fire, as boroughs opt only for burning over recycling and new energy from waste technologies.
Cory Environmental has been given the go-ahead to develop the Belvedere facility and expressed dismay at the Mayors views.
A spokeswoman for the company said: We are disappointed by the decision of the Mayor to take legal action, but remain sure that the scheme is the right one for London and are sure that it will go ahead.