The London Borough of Sutton has granted planning permission to Viridor to build an energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in Beddington, south London.
The £200m EfW facility will process 275,000 tonnes of residual waste and generate 26MW of electricity to be supplied to the national grid – enough to power around 30,000 homes.
Viridor has also set up a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) working group that will help exploring the potential of providing heat to the local area.
This was included in a Section 106 legal agreement that was part of the planning permission application.
Viridor will also set up a fund for local community projects and an education and visitor centre.
Robert Ryan, head of development project at Viridor, said: “This is another milestone in the development of this much needed alternative to landfill disposal in south London. Our state of the art facility will provide a safe, robust, cost-effective and long-term solution to the South London Waste Partnership’s residual waste treatment needs.”
The waste management company expects the facility to be operational in 2017.