Community FAQs

What happens to my household waste?
When your waste arrives at the EcoPark, it will be delivered to the relevant centre for it to be managed effectively. Materials from your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre may be delivered directly to the Materials Recycling Facility where it separate mixed loads of materials re-segregated into materials streams for recycling.Black bag waste will be delivered in to the Energy Centre, where it is incinerated to provide energy for North London. Kitchen scraps and garden waste will be delivered to the Compost Centre where it is composted into a nutrient rich compost used in local farms, parks, gardens and allotments.
Do you sort the black bag waste before it goes into the Energy Centre?
The UK relies on the combined behaviours of householder’s to divert recyclable materials from black bag waste and works extensively to communicate the benefits of sorting waste and recyclable materials within the home. The waste that arrives at the Energy Centre is waste that cannot be recycled. The waste is not sorted when it arrives at the Energy Centre. It is used as a fuel. We do however recover metals, ash and energy from it during processing.
My Household Waste & Recycling Centre is closed can I bring waste to you at the EcoPark?
No. Your local council provide residents with Household Waste Recycling Centres which offer a free disposal service for your household waste. If you have a large amount of waste you need to dispose of, please contact your local council who may provide a bulky collection services.
How do you create energy from waste?
We use black bag waste or waste that can’t be recycled as a fuel in the Energy Centre where it is converted into electricity. The energy recovery system we employ meets the strict emissions standards of the waste incineration directive, see emissions. It does not rely on fossil fuels and diverts waste from landfill. It also provides enough electricity to power around 80,000 homes throughout the year.
I am a local resident, can I drop of waste at any of the Reuse and Recycling Centres?
Your local council provider Household Waste & Recycling Centres for small amounts of household waste and recyclables. If it’s a larger amount that needs to dispose of contact your local council’s recycling team.