Waste4fuel clearance complete

Published Friday, 17 November 2017

Clearance of waste from the former Waste4Fuel site is being completed today.

Around 9000 tonnes of waste has been removed from the site in the last 6 weeks or so, with the risk of spontaneous fires being eliminated. This final phase of the clearance has been completed ahead of schedule by Veolia, the council’s waste management contractor. In total, approximately 27,000 tonnes of waste has been removed from the former Waste4Fuel site.

Councillor Colin Smith, Leader of Bromley Council, said "This day clearly belongs to our long suffering local residents who have been so incredibly patient, trustful and supportive of the council throughout this difficult and complex process. To have delivered on our promise to get the site cleared for everyone has been a tremendous team effort all round and we share their delight. 

Although there is still work to do on site, we can now look forward with optimism and work though the various ideas that have been raised for the site’s future, listening very carefully to what residents say, recognising the importance of its Green Belt status."

Julie Foley, Area Manager for the Environment Agency, said "We understand how frustrating the situation has been for residents and thank them for their patience. We have worked hard with London Borough of Bromley and Veolia to get the site cleared, whilst helping to ensure there is no impact on the environment and local people.

"It had taken a long time to get to this point, but we and London Borough of Bromley have had to overcome a number of difficult funding, legal and technical problems. We had to make sure that the site was cleared but most importantly that we had to make sure it could never become a waste site again".

The final clearance phase news followed a temporary pause in the clearance work earlier after the discovery of technically contaminated waste material in a seam of rubbish towards the bottom of the stack, combusted/melted plastics and heavier based carbon materials.  This has meant that the remaining waste needs to be disposed of in a more carefully managed way, with higher resulting processing costs.

The site in Cornwall Drive, located near to housing and the A20 Sidcup By Pass, is an exceptional case and has been the scene of repeated fires.  The continuing fire risk will be removed following the final phase of clearance work and will also address the long-running concern and nuisance experienced by local residents.

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