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APSRG report dismissed as 'just more talk'

A waste management company has criticised a recently published waste infrastructure report for not going far enough.

Bywaters managing director John Glover has described the report by the Associated Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group (APSRG) as “just more talk”.

He believes that Government funding is not being allocated to projects that are immediate and viable, and is instead wasting it on investments in ill-prepared developments.

The report ‘Rubbish to resource, financing new waste infrastructure’, estimates that £8bn of investment in waste facilities is required by 2020 to meet and exceed the EU’s landfill diversion targets (See MRW story).

In a letter to the APSRG, he said: “I am extremely disappointed with this report and at the operational level in 2011 it appears to be just more talk.

“We have been members of APSRG for some years and we have championed the building of infrastructure with no actual government or Greater London Authority support over the last three years in practical terms.

“Few of the contributors to the research actually have their feet on the ground or have actually delivered timely infrastructure. Conversely, they may have attended and spoken at a vast number of seminars repeating similar mantras over and over again. Some consultees may have vested interests and no ‘thrusting’ more local companies (where the innovation is) have input.”

MRW recently broke the story that Bywaters no longer has access to funding to build its second MRF in Newham. A £4.5m loan that had been awarded by London Waste and Recycling Board in October last year was withdrawn at the beginning of the year.

Glover comments in the letter: “The opening of the second MRF will lead to a substantial increase in employment, which appears totally frustrated by the existing administration. Newham is also a top 1% most deprived community in England  and would greatly benefit from this investment. 

“This MRF will also introduce a local, necessary system to recover discrete recyclables and to make fuel from inputs that are unable to be discretely reused. Customers who will most benefit are likely to be both industry and local authorities.”

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