A £40 million cash injection could see Cheshire County Council cut 400,000 tonnes off the amount of waste it sends to landfill.
The multi-million pound boost in Private Finance Initiative (PFI) credits was awarded to the local authority by Environment Minister Ben Bradshaw and could also see recycling rates jump from 25% to 54% by 2020.
Currently, the county council landfills 74% of its waste, but that figure could drop to just 17% with plans afoot to compost more, create a higher number of household waste recycling centres and other facilities to separate the remaining waste for further recycling and energy.
“The county’s plans not only offer households and businesses what they need to be even greener and sustainable when it comes to what they throw away, but they take into account the long-term needs of local communities.”
The award forms part of a Government drive to improve local waste management facilities and Cheshire is one of 20 local authorities to benefit from £900 million-worth of PFI funding since 1997.
Bradshaw added: “Agreements like this one provide a strong incentive for local authorities and industry to work together to achieve our goals for cutting waste, reducing its environmental impact, and making better use and reuse of the waste we create.”
21/06/2006: Isn't it about time the government supported the waste transfer stations in the private sector with financial injections / grants for building and supporting and purchasing recycling equipment for bona fide companies ? Give me £2m let alone £100m and I'll show you sustainability !
Chris J Walden