14 August 2019 by Lucy Pegg

NLWA tackles odour issues at Islington HWRC

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) continues to face odour problems at its Islington Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).

Odours originating at the HWRC on Hornsey Street have been reported along Eden Grove and George’s Road, which are near to the site, the Authority says.

NLWA’s Hornsey Street recycling centre

The NLWA believes the issue has been worsened by the extremely hot temperatures this summer. The Hornsey Street facility experienced similar issues last summer.

Following the complaints, a full audit of waste transfer options has been carried out and a new odour management system is on trial.

A spokesperson for the NLWA said it was working in partnership with Islington council to review the equipment and systems used to manage smells.

The spokesperson added: “New ‘neutralising agents’ have been introduced as part of a temporary odour management system that breaks down odours – to work alongside the existing air filtration system which filters the air in the building.

“Together these systems will help eliminate the impact of odour on local residents using the reuse and recycling centre at the site.”

“New ‘neutralising agents’ have been introduced as part of a temporary odour management system that breaks down odours – to work alongside the existing air filtration system which filters the air in the building.”

NLWA

Once the assessment report of the review is completed, a replacement odour management system will be chosen and installed permanently.

The Hornsey Street WRC handles 3,500 tonnes of waste every week and is managed by London Energy, which is wholly owned by the NLWA.

New measures

Since the odour problem was reported last year, an action plan has been jointly delivered by the NLWA, London Energy and Islington council.

In July the local authority reported that a range of new measures had been put in place.

RCVs that compact mixed household waste – which includes food waste – were identified as a source of odour and are now cleaned more regularly than vehicles that collect dry recycling only. They are given an extensive deep clean every six weeks.

London Energy has said it will pay more attention to the cleanliness of their operational areas, as well as deep cleaning and sweeping nearby streets more regularly.

New litter and recycling bins have been placed on Cottage Road, which is next to the HWRC. The recycling bins have covers which are designed to keep spilled waste contained. In 2018 London Energy also cleaned up and installed additional bins at Caledonian Road underground station which lies opposite the HWRC.

A report on the facility’s complaints, dust and odour management plans is currently being completed, and NLWA and London Energy will produce an action plan based on these recommendations.

The Hornsey Street facility was opened in 2004, and was developed as part of an agreement with Arsenal Football Club which had relocated a previous site run by the authority to make way for the club’s Emirates Stadium at Ashburton Grove.

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