Beddington Energy Recovery Facility

Beddington Energy Recovery Facility: an introduction

The Beddington Energy Recovery Facility: an introduction

In 2018, the new Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Beddington will become operational. These webpages will tell you all about the project. For further details about the facility and how to get involved visit Viridor's website.

Why was the Beddington ERF needed?

Sutton Council are committed to improving the environment by reducing the amount of waste we dispose of in landfill. We aim to achieve this goal borough-wide by encouraging waste reduction, recycling and by managing the remaining waste more sustainably.

We are a member of the South London Waste Partnership (SLWP), along with Croydon, Kingston and Merton councils. Each year the four councils handle around 350,000 tonnes of residual and recyclable waste.  The vast majority of this residual waste is currently sent to the landfill site at Beddington.

The problem with landfill

Waste that cannot be reused or recycled has traditionally been buried in landfill sites. Landfill produces damaging greenhouse gases such as methane, which is 24 times stronger than carbon dioxide (CO2), and contributes more towards global warming than vehicle emissions.

Both the UK and the European Union have brought in legislation, backed by financial penalties, to reduce the amount of waste disposed of in landfill. As a result, landfill is becoming increasingly expensive. With the Beddington landfill site due to close and an annual SLWP landfill tax bill of more than £18.5m for 2014-15, we needed to find more cost effective and environmentally sustainable alternative arrangements.

Part of these alternative arrangements is the Beddington Energy Recycling Facility (ERF), which has been designed to complement high levels of recycling and reduce our reliance on landfill. Once all recyclable and compostable material has been removed, the remaining waste has to be disposed of as safely and cleanly as possible. The Beddington ERF will enable us to do this.