local authorities for the early introduction of waste minimisation
and recycling schemes.
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
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.