help boost recycling and halt growth in waste production, in what may
prove to be the most valuable waste disposal contract award in
Environment minister Elliot Morley has today allocated£100m
for a private finance initiative to upgrade Manchester's waste
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
'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
'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
'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.'
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
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.