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Work begins to shift last 9,000 tonnes of rubbish from Waste4Fuel site

PUBLISHED: 09:57 03 October 2017

Waste4Fuel's clearance began on Tuesday. Photo credit: Jack Thornton.

Waste4Fuel's clearance began on Tuesday. Photo credit: Jack Thornton.

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Work was halted in March after the discovery of contaminated material

The final stage of clearance work at the 27,000tonne Waste4Fuel rubbish mountain has begun this week.

Work was originally supposed to take just five months when waste management contractor Veolia turned up at the Orpington site in November last year.

Around 18,000 tonnes of rubbish was shifted from the pile, based near the A20 Sidcup Bypass, before contaminated material was discovered in March.

Clearance work was halted so melted plastic along with other carbon-based materials could be disposed of in “a more carefully managed way”.

In July the council gave final approval to start shifting the last 9,000 tonnes of waste, once the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs handed over £1.88million.

With that money now in the council’s hands, Veolia have begun setting up at the site, with work the last of the rubbish mountain set to be gone by the end of the year.

Council leader Colin Smith said: “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.”

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.”

A spokesperson from the council said: “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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