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totally wasted ONE OF THE MOST advanced recycling and waste centres in Europe has opened in Southwark. The £60 million integrated waste management system, the first of its kind in the capital, is operated by Veolia Environmental Services in partnership with Southwark Council, as part of a 25-year PFI recycling and waste contract. The state-of-the-art waste management system, on a former gasworks site on the Old Kent Road, handles all of Southwark’s recycling and household rubbish – totalling around 120,000 tonnes every year. Its mechanical biological treatment plant will remove recyclables from black bag waste in the borough, and turn the remainder into fuel, which Southwark councillor Barrie Hargrove praised as an important milestone, especially as targets are in place for Southwark to increase its recycling rate to 40% by 2014. “The technology behind recycling and waste collection is taking a huge leap forward with this new site, but perhaps more important are the benefits to the man and woman in the street,” said Hargrove. “Not only does it allow them to recycle more types of material than before but it takes away the need to sort.” The site also features an education centre, where children are given the opportunity to see a working model of the materials recovery facility and learn about the importance of recycling.

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IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM OVERHAUL Planning permission has been granted for the first phase of a masterplan to transform the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in Lambeth Road. Work on Foster + Partners’ plans will start this year, to be completed by June 2014, in time for the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war. The plans include doubling the size of the first world war galleries, a reconfigured central hall, the inclusion of hanging planes and a re-interpretation of existing collections, with more use made of modern media, as well as new gallery spaces and a cafe. Diane Lees, director general of IWM, said: “We are delighted that the London Borough of

Southwark has granted planning permission. This unique project will reinvigorate and transform IWM London in time for the centenary, a landmark event for Britain and the world. IWM was founded during the first world war as a lasting memorial to all those who played their part in the conflict. “Our brand new galleries will allow us to continue this work in the 21st century, helping to keep the history and personal recollections of the war alive for future generations,” added Lees. IWM has already secured £20 million of the £35 million required for the project, with the remainder being sought from donors and trusts. ISSUE

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A high profile, high-quality business publication, Southwark magazine covers every aspect of Southwark Council's 12 year development program...

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A high profile, high-quality business publication, Southwark magazine covers every aspect of Southwark Council's 12 year development program...