The Princess Royal has opened Cory Environmental’s new Energy from Waste (EfW) facility at Belvedere in Bexley.
The Riverside Resource Recovery (RRR) plant has a 270m long deep-water jetty, so that the majority of waste is delivered by river.
It will process an average of 585,000 tonnes of non-recyclable residual waste each year. Cory said it is currently the largest EfW facility in the UK.
The Princess Royal said: “Having opened the MRF in Wandsworth last year, I am very pleased to come back and, following the waste’s journey up the Thames, see the final stage of the process.”
The majority of the waste comes from four London boroughs - Wandsworth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth and Kensington and Chelsea.
Cory Environmental also holds contracts with Bexley, the City of London and Westminster City Council, and the facility also takes commercial and industrial waste from the surrounding area.
RRR produces around 170,000 tonnes of Incinerator Bottom Ash each year. This ash is transported by river to Tilbury in Essex where it is used to make aggregate for the construction sector and is being used on the M25 widening scheme.
Construction work began in 2008 and Cory Environmental took full operational control in October 2011.
Cory Environmental chief executive officer, Peter Gerstrom, said: “The plant is about to start its availability trials which are the final phase of commissioning and it is already exporting electricity to the National Grid.”