Cory Environmental’s new Riverside Resource Recovery (RRR) energy from waste facility at Belvedere in the London Borough of Bexley has been officially opened by The Princess Royal.
The facility, which was first proposed in 1989, was subject to a long and difficult planning process, before finally beginning operation this year.
Speaking at the opening event, The Princess Royal said: “This project demonstrates how far modern waste management has come by viewing waste as a resource to produce electricity. Generating energy from the waste we produce is a sensible reuse of resources.
“Having opened the materials recycling facility in Wandsworth last year, I am very pleased to come back and, following the waste’s journey up the Thames, see the final stage of the process.”
RRR will process an average of 585,000 tonnes of non-recyclable residual waste each year, generating 66MW of renewable energy for export to the National Grid.
The majority of the waste comes from four London boroughs – Wandsworth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth and the Royal Borough of Kensingtson and Chelsea. Some materials also comesfrom Bexley and other London councils.