‘Fuel bank’ offers energy vouchers to neediest homes

People who self-disconnect their gas and electricity supply because they are unable to afford them are being offered free fuel vouchers. The so-called “fuel banks” initiative provides a £49 credit to families most in need who use pre-payment meters in a bid to tackle the dilemma of “heating or eating”. The vouchers, which are expected […]

Giant ‘fatberg’ cut out of London sewers

Repairs to London drains began this week after a giant ‘fatberg’ as big as a bus was cut out of the London sewer system. Called Britain’s “biggest ever” fatberg by Thames Water, the rancid block of food fat and wet wipes was removed from drains under London Road in Kingston. The disgusting fat had reduced […]

Planning permission for London energy-from-waste plant

Planning permission has been granted for a new energy from waste plant in south London. The so-called ‘energy recovery facility’ (ERF) at waste firm Viridor’s recycling and landfill site in Beddington will collect rubbish from the boroughs of Kingston, Sutton, Merton and Croydon. At the moment these South London Waste Partnership (SLWP) boroughs handle 400,000 […]

Rise in recycling rates to save Kingston £50,000

The London borough of Kingston is expected to save around £50,000 a year in waste disposal costs after a surge in its plastics recycling rate. The council said the increase follows the introduction of collecting a wider range of plastics last year, including trays, cans, detergent containers and yoghurt pots. Its figures show collections have […]