What happens to your recycling and waste?

We send all non-recyclable household waste to the Beddington Energy Recovery Facility (ERF). The ERF has been treating waste from households in Sutton since 2018. It replaced the Beddington landfill site which is now being restored into a nature reserve.

The Beddington ERF:

  • is a cost-effective and sustainable alternative to landfill

  • treats non-recyclable waste instead of burying it in the ground

  • produces around 26 megawatts of electricity each year, enough to power the facility itself and 55,000 homes

  • will deliver low-carbon supplies of hot water via the Sutton Decentralised Energy Network (SDEN). Find out more on the SDEN website.

  • cuts carbon emission when compared to the previous landfill operation

For more information about the Beddington ERF, visit the Virtual Visitor Centre.

The Beddington ERF is regulated by the Environment Agency. The site operator, Viridor, has recently applied to process additional waste at the facility.  

As part of our independent research into any potential impacts of this change upon the local area the Council commissioned 3 reports looking at air quality, traffic and health.

Read the Beddington ERF Rapid Health Impact Assessment.

Read the Beddington ERF Review of Permit Air Quality Assessment.

Read the Beddington ERF Supplementary Air Quality Assessment.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need versions of these documents in a more accessible format please email us at sustainability@sutton.gov.uk and let us know what format you need the documents to be provided in and we will try to meet your request.