The South London Waste Partnership, a voluntary consortium consisting of the London Boroughs of Kingston upon Thames, Croydon, Merton and Sutton, has chosen Viridor to handle the transfer, transport and disposal of up to 450,000 tonnes of household recyclables and waste every year for the next 14 years.
South London Waste Partnership chairman Derek Osbourne said: This initiative restates the commitment of all four boroughs to meeting and exceeding the EU targets for reducing reliance on landfill and to achieving high levels of recycling.
In working with Viridor we are complementing each boroughs recycling programmes and helping a large swathe of south London to achieve its recycling objectives. Ensuring that the recyclables collected are separated for recycling and informing local people about this, enables us to maximise the grass-roots enthusiasm for recycling across the four boroughs.
Viridor regional director for the south east Graham Warren added: Fortunately, the boroughs are strong on recycling already. However, their efforts have to be supported with the necessary infrastructure to continue their good progress and Viridor is well paced to provide that support.
The waste firm has recently held a public consultation for plans to create an energy-from-waste plant in Cardiff.
All waste and recyclables from the south London boroughs will be delivered to one of two waste transfer stations at Beddington in Croydon and Villiers Road, Kingston.