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GMWDA secures planning applications on 23 sites for 36 facilities

The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, working in partnership with nine of the Greater Manchester districts and consortium Viridor Laing, has secured planning applications for reconstruction and redevelopment of 23 sites for 36 facilities across Greater Manchester.


This forms part of its recently signed 25-year waste PFI contract.


Securing planning applications has enabled on-site work to start immediately. The technology being constructed includes the following:

  • Six transfer loading stations;
  • Two green waste shredding facilities;
  • Four in-vessel composting facilities;
  • One materials recycling facility;
  • 17 household waste recycling centres;
  • Five mechanical biological treatment with anaerobic digestion facilities; and
  • One thermal power station.

The technologies will assist in improving recycling levels and recovery of household waste and provide 5,000 new jobs for the area.


All facilities will be completed by 2012 and the GMWDA aim to divert 75 per cent of waste away from landfill and recycle and compost at least 50 per cent of all waste.


GMWDA chair Neil Swannick said that securing 23 planning applications was a success, especially within this timeframe, this shows great commitment and excellent partnership.

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