Government plans to bring 10 local councils together to make a combined authority in Greater Manchester will not change the waste systems already in place, according to the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA).
Last month (March 31), Communities Secretary John Denham outlined historic plans for the countrys first ever combined authority covering the whole of Greater Manchester, in a new flagship city-region with powers devolved from Whitehall over issues such as climate change and economic development.
GMWDA executive director Paul Dunn told MRW that the GMWDA is a regulated body with all 10 authorities on the GMWDA and that the responsibility for nine of them falls with the GMWDA to dispose of their waste.
He said: This function will continue into the future under our private finance initiative contract. The waste disposal authority has and will continue to work well in partnership with all councils, with respect to the waste services in Greater Manchester in general as part of the Environment Commission for the city region to develop ways which can drive the agenda in becoming a low carbon economic area.
Speaking about his plans for a city region in Greater Manchester, Denham said: Greater Manchester is an economic powerhouse in the north west making a huge contribution to regional and national output. This pioneering body will lead the way nationally allowing local leaders to take effective and co-ordinated control of the whole city regions economic recovery and seize opportunities for growth as they open up in the future.