One of England’s largest energy-from-waste (EfW) plants is looking to relocate as the Government announces its backing for Heathrow Airport’s expansion.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling announced on 25 October that the Government would support the development of a third runway at the airport ahead of extending the existing northern runway or a second at Gatwick.
This follows a report published in July last year by independent body the Airport Commission, which recommended the Heathrow expansion.
The report indicated that expanding Heathrow’s airfield would require the removal and replacement of the Lakeside EfW facility, which was built at Colnbrook near Slough in 2010.
Now the Government has also backed the expansion, Lakeside Energy From Waste, the joint venture between Grundon Waste Management and Viridor which operates the plant, has said it will look for a new site.
A statement said: “Lakeside Energy from Waste will now seek to ensure the Lakeside EfW facility – and the associated waste management and recycling facilities within the Colnbrook complex – can be relocated on a like-for-like basis at a nearby suitable site, with minimal disruption, as soon as possible.
“We will work closely with Heathrow Airport and the relevant local and regulatory authorities to make sure these regionally significant facilities are delivered.”
The plant processes more than 450,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste a year from local businesses and a number of councils including Slough, Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell and the West London Waste Authority.
It said the closure of the facility without a like-for-like replacement in the local area would be “disruptive and financially damaging” to these authorities.
The Airport Commission report said Heathrow’s expansion would generate up to 47,000 tonnes of waste annually by 2040.
Viridor also released a statement: “Viridor notes the Government’s decision regarding airport expansion in the south-east.
“Viridor will now seek to ensure that the award-winning Lakeside EfW facility, its joint venture with Grundon, can be relocated on a like-for-like basis, at a nearby suitable site, with minimal difficulties as recommended by the Airports Commission.
“Viridor will, through Lakeside Energy from Waste, work closely with Heathrow Airport and the relevant local authorities to ensure this is delivered.”