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Great Manchester Waste Disposal Authority reports good performance

The Great Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) has reported a 9% decrease in the amount of waste sent to landfill, the completion of 40 new facilities and high resident satisfaction in 2012/13.

The GMWDA said in its annual review for 2012/13 that waste sent to landfill in Greater Manchester was 467,000 tonnes, down from 514,000 tonnes in 2011/12, representing savings of over £40m in landfill tax.

The GMWDA also reported that 40 out of 42 of planned facilities are now completed since it started its contract with Viridor Laing in 2009, including the UK’s first Thermophyllic Mechanical Biological Treatment - Anaerobic Digestion plant treating municipal solid waste. Other facilities include: MBT sites, in-vessal composting plants, a MRF, and household waste recycling centres.

Resident satisfaction was 99.7%, according to a survey conducted by the authority.

These results are in line with the GMWDA’s 2009 “Recycling and Waste Management Contract”, a plan aimed at achieving 75% landfill avoidance and a 50% recycling rate by 2015.

Cllr Swannnick

The GMWDA also announced the re-appointment of its chairman, Neil Swannick (left), who was first elected in 2001.

“His reappointment will ensure that environmental and efficiency considerations are at the heart of the Authority’s Contract to help drive the aim of zero waste forward, as well as the opportunity to influence and shape waste policy at a local, national and European level,” said the authority.

Swannick said: “I am pleased to be reappointed as Chair and I welcome new and existing members onto the Authority. We are in the fifth year of the Contract and are on target to reach 50% recycling rate by 2015.”

The GMWDA provides recycling and waste disposal for over 1m households, around 5% of national municipal waste.


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