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Lakeside Energy from Waste facility

25th October 2016

Viridor today (25th October 2016) responded to the announcement by Rt. Hon. Charles Grayling MP of government approval for a third runway at Heathrow Airport, London.

A Viridor spokesperson said:

“Viridor notes the Government’s decision regarding airport expansion in the south east.

“Viridor will now seek to ensure that the award-winning Lakeside Energy from Waste facility, its joint venture with Grundon can be relocated on a like for like basis, at a nearby suitable site, with minimal difficulties as recommended by the Airports Commission.

“Viridor will, through Lakeside Energy from Waste Ltd, work closely with Heathrow Airport Ltd and the relevant local authorities to ensure this is delivered.”

Full information on the announcement by the Department for Transport is available here.



Lakeside Energy from Waste Ltd is a joint venture between two well established resource management companies, Grundon Waste Management and Viridor. It operates the award winning Lakeside Energy from Waste (EFW) facility at Colnbrook near Slough, which sits within a complex where waste from councils, businesses and hospitals is collected, recycled and treated.

The Lakeside EFW facility is on the site of the proposed third runway at Heathrow Airport and will have to be demolished if the runway is built.

After three years of deliberation, the Airports Commission (Davies) Report, concluded the Lakeside EFW facility should be relocated, as it plays “a significant role in regional and local waste management and has a valuable capability to process clinical waste and other contaminated materials…Its replacement is necessary.

Lakeside EFW:

  • Is a well-established, acknowledged regional asset, servicing a clear, essential and demonstrable need.
  • Processes waste from local businesses and a number of local authorities including Slough, Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell and the West London Waste Authority. Any closure of the facility without a like for like replacement in the local area would be disruptive and financially damaging to these authorities.
  • Has the capacity to deal with the local volume of non-recyclable waste. There is a shortfall of capacity elsewhere which, without LKS, would result in a heavy reliance on landfill.
  • Currently processes over 450,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste a year, diverting 100% of waste from landfill and generating 37MW of power – enough to provide electricity to every household in Slough.
  • Enjoys a track record of ever increasing efficiency and effectiveness in terms of process and delivery.
  • Is part of an integrated Lakeside waste complex that:
  • Includes a specialised high temperature facility, which treats clinical waste from hospitals in central and west London and the Home Counties.
  • Directly employs over 200 people, with many more jobs dependent on it within the local supply chain, all of which are at risk.


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