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GMWDA PFI sign off will push great rates higher

Recovery rates at Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) have doubled and household recycling collections have also increased in Greater Manchester. But the waste disposal authority expects this to get even better once financial close for its 25 year PFI contract is reached in late March. The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) expects to sign off a contract (investment value £300 million) with the Viridor/Laing consortium. However, rates are already rising before the world class approach has been signed off.

HWRC recycling has grown from 21.2% in 2004/05 to 44.74% for April 2007 to December 2007. Household recycling collections also rose from 24.95% during April 1 to September 30 2006 to 26.81% for the same period in 2007.

Rate improvements are attributed to HWRC staff helping site users and an increase in volumes of waste such as rubble being separated and processed for recycling. Increased resident participation has also contributed to rising rates.

GMWDA chairman councillor Neil Swannick said: The largest congratulations when these results are issued really have to go to the residents of Greater Manchester, as the results are only made possible by their participation."

The new facilities aim to boost residents' recycling rates to at least 50% by 2020.

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