Your rubbish is now generating energy to power 50,000 homes
Since 14 December, 96% of the non-recycled waste put out by residents in the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond-upon-Thames is being used to generate energy. Whether it’s put out for collection by the local council in black sacks, grey wheeled bins or black wheeled bins your rubbish will no longer head to a hole in the ground, instead most of it will be transported by train to the new Severnside Energy Recovery Centre (SERC).
Located in an industrial area in South Gloucestershire and operated by SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, this new facility is part of the UK’s infrastructure to help protect energy security. The 400,000 tonnes per year capacity plant produces 34 megawatts, or enough electricity to power the equivalent of 50,000 homes.
It has only taken 3 years to build and get this facility up and running which is a fantastic achievement and the technology exceeded all expectations for efficiency during the recent testing to ensure all aspects worked as planned. SERC is part of a long-term contract to provide sustainable waste management for west London’s non-recyclable waste. It all started with an award-winning procurement – one which resulted in SUEZ being chosen to bring this plant to life on our behalf.
“In just 3 years following our award winning procurement SUEZ has quickly and efficiently delivered the Severnside Energy Recovery Centre. Our partnership will deliver a long-term cost effective method of treating waste as a valuable resource and contributes to the development of UK energy infrastructure. We and the boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond-upon-Thames will continue pushing on towards 50% recycling by 2020 knowing that 96% of residual waste is being used to create renewable energy.” said Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, Chair of West London Waste Authority
Since our partnership with SUEZ began in January 2014, £244 million has been invested in new infrastructure. Not only in this energy recovery facility but also a new mainline rail connection and sidings, electrical grid connection and Incinerator Bottom Ash (IBA) processing facility. The project also included the modernisation and refurbishment of the two existing rail-linked waste transfer stations in west London at Victoria Road and Transport Avenue plus new food, green and bulky waste handling facilities.
Find out more about where your waste goes once it’s been collected.