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Defra awards North Yorkshire partnership £65 million PFI credit deal

A North Yorkshire partnership has been awarded £65 million in Private Finance Initiative (PFI) credits to reduce landfill by more three-quarters. With the PFI credits from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), North Yorkshire County Council and York City Council aim to divert three-quarters of municipal waste from landfill by 2033. Plans to improve regional waste management facilities include increasing recycling and composting, as well as a new mechanical and biological treatment plant and an energy from waste plant. Details of the residual waste treatment plants will be finalised during the procurement process. It has also been agreed that any waste treatment facilities will be located within North Yorkshire and not the City of York. Environment minister Joan Ruddock said: "Reducing our reliance on landfill is an essential part of the drive to tackle climate change and I welcome the ambitious commitment made by the North Yorkshire County Council and York City Council partnership. "PFI agreements like this provide an 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." North Yorkshire County Council corporate director for business and environmental services Gordon Gresty said: We are inviting companies to bid for contracts to deal with our large waste problem. The £65 million award will help to alleviate the unitary charge for this service. Weve left the technology details open for bidders, and then well evaluate the best financial and environmental option. York City Council executive member for city strategy Ann Reid said: We are pleased that the Government has recognised the strengths of our bid and that we are working closely with North Yorkshire to try and reach a workable solution to solve waste management in the future.

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