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Councillors on greater Manchester waste disposal authority have welcomed the opportunity to comment on a report iss...
Councillors on greater Manchester waste disposal authority have welcomed the opportunity to comment on a report issued by the north west regional assembly on the future of waste management in the region.

The consultation document produced by the regional technical advisory body (RTAB) sets out recommendations of how to tackle the regions waste management for future years.

Chairman of the authority and Manchester councillor Neil Swannick said the authority was committed to reducing waste and that they are studying various methods to deliver on this commitment.

'We are fully aware of the pressures to find alternative methods of disposing waste without further damaging the environment and raising public health concerns. The report places most importance on four indicators namely; production of greenhouse gases, harmful emissions to public health, resource costs and percentage of wastes recovered.

'The authority has not formed a view of the appropriate level of weighting to be given to any of these indicators. We are currently researching this and the results may well differ form those expressed by the (RTAB). With waste currently increasing at seven per cent across the north west region and greater Manchester recording less than three per cent overall rough calculations would suggest an increase of 11 per cent in the rest of the region excluding greater Manchester. Clearly addressing waste minimisation throughout the region should precede other elements of the strategies suggested,' he added.

'We are striving to identify an integrated waste management system which maximises recycling and composting and shows a balance between recycling, composting, energy recovery and landfill in both environmental and economic terms.

'Until our work on this has been completed we are constrained on commenting in full on the different scenarios which have been highlighted in the report. However the preferred scenario mentioned of siting four or five energy from waste plants in the greater Manchester area is not acceptable in terms of the recycling and composting emphasis within our emerging strategy.

'I would also like to add that the number of waste treatment facilities and residual landfill requirements which the report recommends being provided in greater Manchester both at the county-wide and local level will be extremely difficult to accommodate especially with no indication as to where the necessary funding is likely to come from,' he said.

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