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Government gives ambitious country £34m to tackle waste

Elliot Morley this week backed a countys £34 million bid to hit a 45% recycling rate by 2010 and reduce waste growth to 1% per annum by 2015.

The Environment Minister approved the funding of Northumberlands hugely ambitious private finance initiative (PFI).

The sixth largest county in England currently recycles just 10% of its municipal waste, arisings of which are growing at 5% per year.

It is expected to spend its windfall on building around seven facilities to help with the massive leap in waste management that the 28-year contract requires.

Morley said: This represents the first PFI approval in the area, and the ambitious targets should set a benchmark for surrounding authorities.

I salute projects like this, which really make the task of waste minimisation and recycling that much easier for us all. This is a large project that depends on householders participating in, and in many cases converting to, recycling.

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