The Government has awarded £310 million in private finance initiative (PFI) credits to four local authorities (LAs) for waste projects across England.
Credits were awarded to help LAs improve waste management facilities and divert waste from landfill. Invites to tender for the contracts, which will be published in the Official Journal of European Union, are expected soon.
Credits were awarded to the Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham Partnership, £77.4 million, Bradford Metropolitan District Council, £62.1 million, Suffolk County Council, £102 million and Leeds City Council, £68.6 million.
All the projects include options for combined heat and power, with energy from waste or mechanical biological treatment. It is also expected that they will deliver a minimum 50% recycling rate by 2020, with some aspirating to reach 60%.
Environment Minister Joan Ruddock said: "These are ambitious yet realistic projects which have risen to the challenge of supporting the whole waste hierarchy. They have contributions to make on minimisation, recycling and waste diversion. A combination of these activities is essential in our drive to tackle climate change.
"PFI agreements like these provide an incentive for local authorities and industry to work together to achieve our goals of reducing the environmental impact of waste, and making better use and reuse of the waste we create. Importantly, each one of them is pursuing a solution which will achieve major carbon benefits."