Residents, businesses and other interested parties in the Greater Manchester area are being asked for their views to consider where future waste facilities are located.
A consultation process, organised by local councils which are members of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA), continues until November 14.
All 10 Greater Manchester councils are working together to produce a Joint Waste Development Plan Document (JWDPD) detailing planning policies for managing waste, identifying potential sites for waste facilities, and providing policies to determine planning applications. The authorities will look at how to manage construction, demolition, commercial and industrial waste. The document will help identify and deliver the range of facilities that may be required to manage Greater Manchesters waste. All types of technology will be looked at including anaerobic digestion, composting and mechanical biological treatment.
A total of 100 sites have already been identified as potential places for these facilities. Three key criteria will be considered when deciding whether a location is suitable to host a facility: whether it has good transport links, whether it will bring economic growth to the area and if it is near to existing waste facilities.
Councillor Derek Antrobus, chairman of the Greater Manchester Joint Waste Development Plan Joint Committee said: Planning authorities will be able to use the final plan to decide whether or not to approve applications and, where approved, to decide what conditions to attach to developments. It is important, therefore, that the plan is robust and stands up to scrutiny.
We in Greater Manchester need to deal with the waste we produce. We need to do so in the most environmentally acceptable way possible.
We are seeking your [residents] help, through knowledge and understanding of the issues, to make this JWDPD a document that reflects the reality of the issues we face and our aspiration to deal with those issues.