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SOUTHWARK SET TO SMASH WASTE TARGETS WITH£34.5M PFI DEAL

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Southwark LBC is to receive£34.5m to help the inner city borough smash their waste targets....
Southwark LBC is to receive£34.5m to help the inner city borough smash their waste targets.

Environment minister Elliot Morley today allocated the cash for a

private finance initiative project to upgrade the borough's waste

management services.

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

waste.

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

long term.'

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.

Notes

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

funding see:

www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/localauth/funding/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

estates.

In the spending review 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.

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