North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has revealed details of its plan to replace the existing energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in Enfield with a £450-500m recovery facility as a public consultation gets underway.
Proposals include a material recovery facility, where bulky waste would be separated for recycling before left over waste would be used as fuel in the energy recovery facility. This will also operate as a recycling centre for the public and businesses from 2021.
Other proposals include:
- a visitors’ centre where the public can see how the facility works
- new access points and a temporary construction laydown area
- height kept to a minimum, with the chimney stack designed to fade into the background.
As reported by MRW, seven local boroughs have agreed with NLWA a joint target of 50% of north London’s waste to be recycled by 2020.
The new facility would generate power for around 127,000 homes and could provide heat for local homes and businesses, distributed through schemes like Enfield Council’s planned Lee Valley Heat Network.
The existing plant has been in operation for 45 years, diverting 21m tonnes of waste from landfill, and currently employs around 180 people. The plans aim to secure manual and highly-skilled jobs on the site for the future.
NLWA plan to demolish the EfW plant after moving operations to the replacement in around 2025, expected to create more jobs in 2026-27.
Construction on the new facility is expected to begin in 2019, bringing building jobs for the three years’ preparation work.
NLWA’s second phase of public consultation on the project runds until 30 June, with five presentations at different locations.
Chair of NLWA, councillor Clyde Loakes said: “I urge everyone in north London to look at our proposals, view the videos on our website and take part in the consultation.”
The site is earmarked by Enfield Council and the Mayor of London for waste management use but due to the amount of electricity it will generate NLWA must submit an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to the Planning Inspectorate.
Inspectors will hold a series of local hearings before making a recommendation to the Government, which will then make a decision on whether to grant the DCO.