Environment minister Elliot Morley today allocated the cash for a
private finance initiative project to upgrade the borough's waste
As well as upgrading facilities the money will be used to increase
recycling and composting and to help cut waste production.
The 25-year project aims to significantly boost recycling and
composting rates in the area to 30% by 2010; 40% by 2015: 45% by 2020
and 50% by the end of the contract. The project also aims to divert
thousands of tonnes of waste away from landfill sites, eventually
diverting 133,000 tonnes out of the 188,000 tonnes of waste that is
expected to be produced in 2020.
Southwark plan to achieve this by launching innovative recycling
collection schemes, education and awareness programmes and through an
expansion and improvement of existing collection schemes, chief of
which is the collection of recyclables through 'survival bags' from
medium and high rise properties.
Waste minimisation will be a fundamental part of the project, and
throughout the duration of the project, Southwark intend to carry out
a waste minimisation campaign to encourage residents to produce less
Mr Morley welcomed the scheme and highlighted how the project
could set an example to other inner city councils:
'This ambitious project shows that with some determination inner
cities can find solutions to help them meet the unique problems they
face in modernising their waste management services.
'For that reason, I'm delighted that Southwark has produced a scheme
which not only helps residents and local businesses move to more
sustainable waste practices, such as composting or recycling, but
serves the future needs of the local community by planning for the
Richard Thomas, Southwark LBC's executive member for
environment and transport, said:
'Today's announcement is a key milestone in our commitment to a
cleaner and greener Southwark and means that we're one step closer to
introducing one of the most innovative and sustainable strategies for
managing waste in the country.
'How to deal with the large volumes of waste produced in the UK is
one of the most pressing issues facing every local authority in the
country. Doing nothing is not an option.
'This substantial cash injection, which we believe is the highest
amount of money awarded per tonne to any local authority in the
country, will help us to introduce a truly sustainable and long term
solution to dealing with Southwark's waste underpinned by the
principles of reducing, re-using and recycling.'
The funding will help the city to meet key national waste targets: to
compost or recycle 25% of household waste by 2005/06 and to reduce
the amount of biodegradable waste - such as textiles, paper, card,
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.
In 2003/04, residents in Southwark produced 134,714 tonnes and
recycled just 7 percent of their waste. Southwark's recycling rate
currently stands at 11 percent.
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
Southwark is an inner London borough and is home to a complex,
multi-cultural and diverse population of about 250,000 people and
contains an exceptionally high proportion of public housing -
approximately three quarters of which are medium and high-rise
In the spending review 2002 (covering the period 2003/04 to
2005/06) Defra was allocated£355m towards the funding of waste PFI
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.