Contrary to Mayor of London’s view, London needs more waste facilities

Posted On: 
21st May 2019

The Environmental Services Association (ESA), the voice for the UK’s resource and waste management industry, has today responded to the Mayor of London’s statement on Energy from Waste (EfW) in London.

ESA’s Executive Director, Jacob Hayler said:

“It is a shame that the Mayor of London is so ill-informed about the role and benefits of energy from waste facilities as part of a circular economy. These facilities are vital for preventing non-recyclable wastes from ending up in landfill. Contrary to the Mayor's statement, the emissions from these plants are among the most tightly regulated of any industrial installations in Europe, and therefore the world.”

“The proposed development would bring investment and jobs to London and would save over 200kg of CO2 for every tonne of material diverted from landfill. It is a win-win for the environment and the economy.”

“We sincerely hope, for the benefit of Londoners, that this investment in much needed new waste treatment capacity is granted.”

The Mayor’s statement can be found here: https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/stop-allowing-new-toxic-waste-incinerators