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London mayor approves South London energy from waste scheme

London mayor Boris Johnson has approved waste management firm Sita’s plans for an anaerobic digestion and material recycling facility in Mitcham, South London.

Johnson’s approval of the scheme overturns Merton Council’s original decision to reject the scheme at Benedict Wharf in October 2010.

The London mayor has the power to determine planning applications considered to be a strategic importance to London, and decided to take over determination on Sita’s proposals last year.

Sita can now build an anaerobic digestion plant handling 40,000t of waste per year, down from the original scheme of 100,000t of waste. The scheme will produce enough power for the site and export around 6.2GWh of power to the grid per year.

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