The government has given the go-ahead to plans for a waste incinerator to be built in Belvedere in southeast London. The decision to build the incinerator was made following a public inquiry into the environmental impact of the plant. Ian Clement, leader of Bexley council where the incinerator will be sited, criticized the plans as being the wrong proposal in the wrong place, while environmentalist group Friends of the Earth has described the decision as short-sighted as it fails to promote recycling and waste reduction policies. Thought to be the largest incinerator in Europe, the 72 megawatt plant will be fuelled by waste which would otherwise have been sent to landfill sites in the Home Counties. Most of the waste will be transported by barge along the River Thames.
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