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Construction of the £205m state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at the existing landfill and recycling site in Beddington, Sutton, commenced in 2015.

The facility will provide the South London Waste Partnership and local businesses with a safe and cost-effective alternative to landfill. It will also bring forward the completion and restoration of the existing landfill into green spaces and wildlife habitats.

The ERF has been designed to process around 275,000 tonnes of non-hazardous residual waste a year. Wider environmental benefits will include the landfill diversion of up to 95 per cent of waste delivered to the facility and the generation of 26MW of electricity, which will power the facility itself and supply over 22MW to the National Grid.

The ERF will be located on an existing hard standing area in the the North East corner of our Beddington Lane site in Sutton. The site postcode is CR0 4TD.

Birds eye view image of Beddington ERF location

Helping the local economy:

Local businesses across Sutton, Croydon and Merton have played a key role in the construction of the Beddington Energy Recovery Facility (ERF). In the first 10 months of construction, more than £5.2 million was spent on goods and services provided by businesses located within a five mile radius of the site.

One of the many local businesses to support the construction project is Beddington Lane-based 777 Demolition and Haulage. Mike Pearce, 777's Managing Director, said: "The Beddington ERF construction site is literally on our doorstep, so we were delighted to be asked to provide our services. Most of the demolition materials are being re-used on the site, but any that aren't we are taking to our specialist recycling facility on Beddington Lane, which is directly opposite the construction site. By using a local business, the Viridor and CNIM Lagan partnership has been able to significantly reduce the amount of lorries on the roads."

Cement for the build is being supplied by Cemex from their Croydon Depot in Coomber Way, just a few hundred yards from the construction site. A spokesperson for Cemex, said: This is a complex job that requires different types of cement for different parts of the building. It’s great that CNIM Lagan are using a local supplier as it supports the local Cemex workforce and means local resident don’t have to put up with dozens of cement mixers trundling up and down local roads. Recognising the environmental benefits that this facility will bring, we have worked closely with CNIM Lagan to provide cement that is mixed with recycled materials, producing a more sustainable product with a significantly lower carbon footprint.

Recent activity:

As part of our programme to lift the lid on what is happening at our Beddington site, in November we went on a tour and took a closer look at the different parts of the process. Follow @TalkERF_SLondon for regular progress updates and information about how the ERF project can benefit the local community.

Find out more about the Energy Recovery Process

In the waste bunker and control room section, non-recyclable (residual) waste is delivered by Refuse Collection Vehicles  (RCVs) for processing into the tipping hall. The tipping hall will be fully enclosed when the facility is in operation to confine dust and odour.

Waste is mixed in the bunker and loaded into the hopper. Energy is then recovered from this waste to heat water and the steam is then superheated to drive a turbine in the power plant, which uses high pressure to turn steam into electricity. 

At the end of the process, the flue gas treatment facility, this takes up one third of the ERF facility, and will be devoted to the cleaning of exhaust gases. Dry, ground-hydrated lime is used to remove acid gases. Activated carbon is used to absorb heavy metals, dioxins, furans and volatile organic compounds.  The exhaust gases emissions are continually monitored by the Environment Agency against the facility’s environmental permit.

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Sustainable traffic movements:

To ensure that vehicle movements associated with the ERF construction programme have a minimal impact on the local community approved traffic routes have been agreed. Vehicles travelling to the construction site must travel along Coomber Way or southbound along Beddington Lane. We have cameras to monitor if any vehicles travel through Beddington village. We keep the local business group and Community Liaison Group informed of deliveries that might need to be diverted along alternative routes.

Safe working:

Working safely is at the heart of everything we do at Viridor and during the Spring the Beddington ERF project team and construction partners Lagan Construction Group, CNIM and Fichtner were delighted to mark the achievement of reaching 100,000 working hours without a reportable incident at the site in South London.

In recognition of reaching this significant milestone, construction workers were given the opportunity to choose a local charity to receive the £1,000 donation. The workers decided the money should go to St Raphaels Hospice; a charity based in Sutton caring for those facing life-threatening illness in the communities of Wimbledon, Merton, Sutton and Cheam.


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