There was a lot of interest from members of the Society in our visit to Southwark’s Integrated Waste Management Facility(“IWMF”), which is managed by Veolia and which is where the borough’s recycling and “black bin” waste ends up. Southwark’s recycling rate at 34% is the highest of the inner London boroughs, with much higher rates in the south of the borough measured by the number of recycling bins per household. Encouragingly, little waste goes to landfill although a lot is ultimately burned to provide heat and energy, some even being used to produce cement. We learned a lot in a well-managed and enjoyable tour of a fascinating facility, and we aim to rerun the visit in 2019.

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