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Olympics 2012 'a wasted opportunity' for waste

Plans for the Olympic games to act as a catalyst for the development of new waste infrastructure have been a failure, the commission for a sustainable London 2012 chair Shaun McCarthy has said.

Speaking on the final day of the RWM exhibition, McCarthy said that he warned that the development of new waste infrastructure was “not such a good story”.

He said: “The waste industry has been very, very slow in developing waste infrastructure and the Government has been very slow in incentivising that infrastructure, so actually the objective to act as a catalyst for new waste infrastructure in London has been a failure.

“There are some developments now, but they’re unlikely to come about until after the games. I pushed very hard for an energy-from-waste (EfW) solution.”

He explained that the Olympic site has facilities to accept syngas and gas from waste, but there is no gas because of a lack of EfW facilities close enough to produce it.

He added: “I’m pushing hard for that to happen in legacy, there are possible plans in future to make that happen, but it’s an opportunity lost”.

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