The Burning Issue podcast talks to the NLWA’s Clyde Loakes

For this Christmas special and sixth episode, the Burning Issue podcast looks at how a local authority-owned EfW facility has been able to hand back profits to councils at a time of belt tightening in public services

EWB editor Luke Walsh talks to councillor Clyde Loakes, chair of the North London Waste Authority (NLWA), on how its established EfW plant is paying off and how development of its new facility is coming on.

This episode also focuses on:

  • How the NLWA was able to hand back £4.8m.

  • Why landfill is not an option for non-recyclable waste in north London. 

  • How the congested North Circular is the biggest source of air pollution in the area, not a well-regulated and modern EfW plant, which is also developing carbon capture. 

  • Why compulsory recycling needs to come in to support waste separation. 

  • And how 85% of waste could be recycled, but residents and industry need to do more to support local authorities. 

This episode was recorded before the government confirmed details of its electricity generator levy and before the tragic news of a worker who died on the site of the new EfW plant’s build.

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