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Waste4fuel Clearance Underway
Clearance of waste from the former Waste4Fuel site is once again underway following further funding being received from the government.
This final phase of clearance is estimated to continue for approximately 2 months once Veolia, the council’s waste management contractor is fully operational on site.
To date, around 18,000 tonnes has already been removed, reducing the risk of fire, with the revised estimated total figure being 27,000 tonnes.
“Confirmation that the additional funding has been secured and that we are now, at long last, within touching distance of seeing this land cleared is fantastic news for local people, to whom I would like to pay tribute for their understanding, staunch support and enduring patience throughout this extended ordeal.” said Leader of the Council, Councillor Colin Smith.
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 will do everything we can to support London Borough of Bromley and Veolia during the site clearance, helping to ensure there is no impact on the environment and local people”.
The news follows a temporary pause in the clearance work earlier this year 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.