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GMWDA phases out community recycling credits

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) has announced it is phasing out textile recycling credits for community organisations following the growth of secondary markets for the materials.

The £56.50/tonne textile credits, which are paid to community organisations for reductions in the level of waste, will be reduced to £25/tonne in April 2011, and then reduced to 0.01p/tonne from 1 October – effectively rendering them worthless.

Recycling credits for paper and card brought to a GMWDA facility will also be reduced to £25/tonne from 1 October, while credits for paper and card collected, but not brought to a GMWDA facility will be reduced to 0.01p/tonne too.

According to the GMWDA, the decision to phase out the credits has been taken following the growth of the textile market, which in some cases has allowed community groups to receive £200/tonne for textiles, while claiming the GMWDA’s additional recycling credit.

The authority has also identified incidents of some paper merchants providing groups weight tickets in order to claim GMWDA recycling credits without paying the organisations for the paper they collected.

The decision to withdraw the credits follows a consultation with the community waste sector in the region last year.

In their place, the GMWDA will provide £50,000 of funds for a community waste fund, which will be able to support projects within community organisations and offer groups help to find alternative funds.

GMWDA chair councillor Neil Swannick said: “Local authority budgets are under pressure and they have to make efficiency savings. To deliver those savings has meant that we have considered several proposals, including better targeting of support to the community sector.”

“We remain committed to ensure recycling, composting and reuse is accessible to all, as well as supporting community organisations. “

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