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Defra publishes waste projects snapshot

There are at least 146 infrastructure projects operational or planned to treat local authority residual waste in England, according to a Defra release.

The figures, released after a Freedom of Information request (file right), are said to be accurate at October 2013.

Defra lists 150 waste projects across England, which include:

  • 95 energy-from-waste plants
  • 41 biodrying mechanical biological treatment (BMBT)
  • 9 landfill mechanical biological treatment (LMBT)
  • 1 mechanical treatment plant

Four have been cancelled since the list was compiled: an EfW facility in Blackburn with Darwen; a LMBT site within the Durham County Council Waste Management Project; and the MT plant at Merseyside - Huyton Knowsley. The now abandoned EfW project at Kings Lynn, Norfolk, is also included.

According Defra, 49 of the 146 remaining projects are either operational or set to become operational by 2020. They are forecast to be sufficient treat around 23bn of residual local authority collected waste.

Most of the developments are merchant projects (64), followed by Private Public Partnership contracts (45) and Private Financial Initiative contracts (37).

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