Why do you need to replace the existing Edmonton Energy from Waste facility?

The existing facility at Edmonton EcoPark has served north London well for over 50 years and has diverted more than 21 million tonnes of waste that would have otherwise gone to landfill. It is the oldest facility of its type in London and one of the oldest in Europe.

While it has had multi-million-pound investments over the decades, the facility will reach the end of its useful life soon. Therefore, the NLHPP will safeguard a sustainable future for north London’s non-recyclable waste.

We need to continue recovering energy from waste because, even with NLWA’s waste prevention efforts and positive action to reduce and recycle, there will always be non-recyclable waste that has to be treated. The most sustainable way to treat the waste is at the new facility and avoid sending it to landfill. Waste forecasts for the future show that even if we reach or exceed our 50% recycling target, which is around 20% higher than our current recycling levels, the amount of waste created in north London will still increase due to population growth.

The ERF has been designed according to north London’s forecast waste needs in the future, with a top capacity of 700,000 tonnes. As part of our efforts to boost recycling, we’ve designed the ERF to be flexible so that it doesn’t need to be full to run successfully. It can operate at lower volumes if residents move faster than expected to reduce their rubbish, so there is no need for us to take in external waste from other areas.

The new Energy from Waste facility, which was approved in 2017, will not only manage waste but will also support a heat network and generate electricity for 127,000 homes, an increase of 55,000 homes compared to the existing facility. 

The replacement facility will be one of the most efficient of its kind, using the most effective, proven technology which will use the highest possible standard of emissions cleaning technologies. This includes Selective Catalytic Reduction to control the emission of nitrogen oxides, as well as a combined wet / dry scrubbing system to capture particulates. It will be the first energy recovery facility in the UK to use these technologies and will be one of the safest and cleanest facilities in the country.

The new facility is integral to our wider waste strategy, which prioritises waste reduction and recycling in line with the waste hierarchy. As well as the ERF, we’ll also be investing in new recycling facilities for our residents including a new Resource Recovery Facility, with capacity to manage up to 135,000 tonnes of wood, plastic and metal every year and a new public reuse and recycling centre where for the first time ever, residents will be able to come and bring items to the EcoPark for reuse and recycling