UK business Envac has been selected to supply an automated underground vacuum waste system at London’s 30 acre (12ha) Surrey Canal development.
A partnership with a neighbouring Lewisham power plant will also see the system feed waste directly into the plant in order to generate energy for the area.
The move forms part of Lewisham’s wider regeneration strategy. The borough is aiming to reach recycling rates above 40 per cent, and to cut carbon emissions from refuse vehicles by up to 90 per cent.
‘The development is creating a blueprint for modern day regeneration so it is essential that we work with partners who demonstrate innovation and a commitment to creating sustainable communities,’ said Mark Taylor, director of development at specialist property company, Renewal Group.
Envac’s technology addresses waste management limitations placed on large-scale developments. Waste inlets are placed at various points throughout the site and a fan system sucks the waste through underground tubes to a central waste station at speeds of up to 70mph (113km/h) and distances as long as 1.2 miles (2km).
Diverting valves ensure that different types of waste do not mix and each waste type is directed into its correct container at a central point.
The waste is automatically fed into large containers, which are then hoisted onto refuse vehicles when full and taken away by the local council.
Envac was launched in the UK in 2007 when its automated waste management system was integrated into the Wembley City development by Quintain Estates. The system will manage the waste of more than 4,000 residential units at Wembley.
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