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FURTHER FUNDING FOR LOCAL AUTHORITY RECYCLING

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Environment minister Elliot Morley today announced further grants to ...
Environment minister Elliot Morley today announced further grants to

local authorities for the early introduction of waste minimisation

and recycling schemes.

An extra £24m of government grant is being allocated to support

schemes in London and in selected areas elsewhere, funded

from landfill tax that was retained and administered by landfill

operators but is now collected through changes that were made to the

tax regime for the landfill of waste.

London will get an extra £3.6m on top of the £21.3m already allocated

from a 'Waste Minimisation and Recycling' fund. The grant will be

allocated to schemes in London through an existing partnership

involving the mayor of London, the Greater London Authority, the

Association of London Government and London Waste Action.

Elsewhere, the government is offering in principle support to schemes

that were 'near misses' when £76.3m was promised to 142 schemes

earlier this year. 13 schemes will be supported subject to detailed

negotiations on the precise funding requirements.

These are in:

- South Staffordshire DC,

- South Derbyshire DC,

- Bracknell Forest BC Partnership Project,

- Rother DC,

- Rutland CC,

- St Albans DC,

- Suffolk Coastal DC,

- Milton Keynes Council,

- Northampton BC,

- Shepway DC,

- Essex CC Partnership Project,

- Stafford BC; and

- Vale of the White Horse DC.

The government has also promised to discuss support schemes in 10

other authorities where local authority proposals were thought to

have considerable merit but where there are outstanding technical,

deliverability or value for money questions to be resolved.

Making the announcement today Elliot Morley said:

'I am pleased that we can support more local authority schemes. We

are changing the economics of waste disposal to make waste

minimisation and recycling much more attractive and supporting

worthwhile local authority proposals to give local people the

infrastructure they need to be a part of this environmental

revolution. I hope we will all soon see recycling as the 'norm', not

the exception.'

NOTES

1. The National Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund is open to all

local authorities in England.

2. A total of £118.7m has been allocated to 254 projects outside of

London over 2002/03 and 2003/04.

3. An expert panel consisting of waste experts in the public, private

and community sectors assisted evaluation of applications to the

national fund. The panel were given terms of reference covering

issues such as evaluation procedure and conflict of interest. To

ensure consistency and transparency, the panel also agreed a set of

criteria to be used in assessing each bid. The panel members made no

charge for their time.

4. The £21.3m Capital Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund was set

up at the time of the first funding announcement and was specifically

for the London region. It is managed by a partnership consisting of

the Mayor of London, the Association of London Government and London

Waste Action, with oversight by DEFRA.

5. Further details on the fund can be found here.

6. The Pre Budget report 2002 announced that the Landfill Tax Credit

Scheme will be reformed from 1 April 2003 mainly to improve

waste recycling and minimisation performance. This is so the UK will

be best placed to achieve EU obligations to make substantial

reductions in landfill from 2010 onwards. The reform will mean that

approximately one third of funding (around £47m) will be made

available through a revised tax credit scheme for spending on local

environmental and community projects. The remaining £100m in 2003/4

will be allocated to public spending programmes to encourage

sustainable waste management.

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