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£100M TO GO TO WASTE IN GREATER MANCHESTER

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Greater Manchester is to receive a record£100m pay out to...
Greater Manchester is to receive a record£100m pay out to

help boost recycling and halt growth in waste production, in what may

prove to be the most valuable waste disposal contract award in

Europe.

Environment minister Elliot Morley has today allocated£100m

for a private finance initiative to upgrade Manchester's waste

management services.

In doing so he gave the green light to a new sustainable waste

solution for Greater Manchester's waste, where five per cent of

England's municipal waste is generated.

Today's funding will help to halt waste growth, improve local waste

facilities to meet the needs of the local community and help to

secure higher rates of recycling and composting.

Greater Manchester currently produces 1.5 million tonnes of rubbish

each year. In 2002/03 Greater Manchester recycled and composted just

10 per cent of its waste.

The project is expected to boost recycling and composting to over 50

per cent by 2020 and divert 32,660,000 tonnes of municipal waste away

from landfill sites.

The funding will help the city to meet key national waste targets:

recycling targets to compost or recycle 25% of household waste by

2005/06 and to reduce the amount of biodegradable waste - such as

kitchen and garden waste - that is disposed to landfill. By 2010,

biodegradable waste going to landfill must be 75% of the amount

produced in 1995, reducing to 50% by 2013 and 35% by 2020.

Mr Morley said:

'I am pleased to be able to provide substantial support to Greater

Manchester's ambitious plans that promise to transform local waste

services.

'We need to use waste as a resource. We face demanding challenges to

reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, to recycle more and to

reduce the environmental impact of waste management.

'Greater Manchester's proposals cover a population of 2.2 million and

1.5 million tonnes of municipal waste. So having a good solution in

place for the area is essential if we are to deliver our national and

international obligations.

'Greater Manchester has put forward a well thought out proposal that

offers good prospects for successfully combining the best that the

private and public sectors have to offer, in a way that will achieve

best value for Manchester's businesses and council tax payers.

'The size and scale of the project would represent an attractive

opportunity for new companies to enter the waste sector and increase

the market capacity in this sector.'

Neil Swannick, chair of the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, said:

'Greater Manchester face a significant challenge changing the way it

deals with its waste to meet environmental imperatives in the most

cost-effective manner.

'Today's award does not take away the challenge, but it does provide

a significant help in developing the world-class solution that people

in Greater Manchester rightly demand.'

NOTES

1. The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) is the

largest of six English waste disposal authorities that were created

under the Local Government Act 1985 to carry out the waste management

functions and duties of the metropolitan county councils after their

abolition in 1986.

2. GMWDA provides waste disposal services for 958,000 households in

Bolton, Bury, Manchester City, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport,

Tameside and Trafford.

3. 18 authorities (plus three new agreements in Manchester, Southwark

and Cambridgeshire) have benefited from cash injections from waste

PFI funding since 1997 - nine of which are already full operations.

For the full list of projects and for further information on PFI

funding see:

www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/localauth/funding/pfi

4. In the Spending Review (SR) 2002 (covering the period 2003/04 to

2005/06) Defra was allocated£355m towards the funding of waste PFI

projects. The SR 2004 (covering the period 2006/7 to 2008/9)

allocated an additional£275m of PFI credits for waste PFI projects,

over and above the£355m available from the 2002 spending review.

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