North London sends over half a million tonnes of waste (582,797 tonnes in 2017-18) for disposal each year. Whilst every effort is made to encourage recycling across north London, not everyone recycles and not everything is recyclable so the ‘leftover’ waste needs disposing of properly and safely. The majority of the leftover or ‘residual’ waste is taken to the Edmonton EcoPark ‘Energy from Waste’ site where it is turned into energy to help power homes. The current centre at the EcoPark is nearly 50 years old and needs replacing to continue to process north London’s residual waste. North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has therefore obtained approval to build a new Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), and associated development, at the site.
With construction work due to start next year, ground investigation work is needed to prepare for the new ERF. The EcoPark site is currently home to an IVC (In-Vessel Composting) plant. The IVC is a facility which processes food and garden waste and turns it into compost. The ground investigation work needs to be carried out in the area where the IVC is located, which means that the IVC will be closed for the foreseeable future and decommissioned from 27 October 2018 to enable this work.
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