Viridor has been named as preferred bidder to treat the South London Waste Partnership’s residual waste over the next 25 years.
It is part of the strategy of the partnership – which includes the London boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton – to meet its statutory landfill diversion targets.
More than 200,000 tonnes of waste from households in South London currently go to landfill each year.
Viridor managing director Mike Hellings said: ” Our proposals have been designed to provide the partnership with a safe, robust and cost-effective solution to meet its needs and to complement its already successful recycling and waste prevention initiatives.
“We all look forward to progressing this project, including undertaking public consultation with the community about our proposals, prior to the preparation of a planning application.”
Viridor’s £200m proposal is to develop an energy recovery facility (ERF) facility at its existing landfill and recycling site in Beddington, Sutton, which will have a capacity to process up to 275,000 tonnes of waste.
Wider environmental benefits will include the landfill diversion of up to 95% of waste delivered to the facility and the generation of up to 26MW of electricity which will power the facility itself and supply over 22MW to the National Grid.
In addition, the proposed ERF would enable completion and restoration of the landfill site sooner than currently anticipated.