Not only is the Beddington Lane Incinerator being built with a capacity that is larger than is needed (simply to make Viridor more money), the problem of over capacity in Europe is due to become a problem in the UK too.
The recent report from Eunomia confirms that without any change in residual waste quantities, there would be overcapacity of 14.3 million tpa if the 20.8 million tpa of waste treatment capacity that has planning consent reaches financial close and subsequent operation.
Planning consent is being sought for a further 4.1 million tpa of waste treatment capacity; and a further 0.5 million tpa of residual waste treatment capacity is currently
in appeal following refusal of planning permission or is subject to judicial review.
Overcapacity has been given as a reason by Eric Pickles in refusing planning consent for incinerators in Twinwoods, Bedfordshire, and Middlewich in Cheshire. Which begs the question why does that argument not apply to all other incinerators?
The cynics amongst us might suggest that the reason Mr Pickles rejected incinerator plans in Cheshire is because George Osborne lives nearby.
The incinerator came up at the latest Council meeting in Croydon where the new labour council were challenged on their election promise to pull out of the South London Waste Partnership. You can view the relevant section of the meeting here: http://www.croydon.public-i.tv/core/share/open/webcast/0/0/560/141725/141725/webcast/start_time/3994000