North London Waste: greener alternatives “unviable”

The Islington Times is reporting that the North London Waste Authority has concluded that greener alternatives to burning waste are “unviable”.

The Enfield Society organised a talk by Trudy Axtens and Ursula Taylor from the North London Waste Authority in February. The present plant at Angel Road is now at the end of its life and it is proposed to build a new incinerator which will generate power and provide hot water for local housing.

The project is a joint venture between the seven North London Councils who send rubbish to the site: Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest.

A number of people attended the Society’s meeting on 25th February who were opposed to the scheme on the grounds of the pollution the new plant would generate and the expense of the project—some £1.2bn.

One fact which appeared to emerge from the presentation at Jubilee Hall was that no attempt will be made at the new plant to recover recyclable waste from black sacks. The only material removed for recycling will be metal, and only after it has passed through the burning phase.

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