Viridor Laing and the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority have officially opened the first major recycling facility as part of its £3.8 billion private finance initiative waste contract.
The Waithlands Resource Recovery Centre in Rochdale includes an in-vessel composting facility, a new transfer loading station and an upgraded household waste recycling centre.
The major facility forms part of a network of recycling and waste management treatment plants to be constructed over the next five years, which will handle the 1.3 million tonnes of municipal waste which the GMWDA handles each year.
Environment Minister Dan Norris said: Making better use of our waste and reducing our reliance on landfill is an essential part of the drive to tackle climate change. These world class waste facilities will divert over one million tonnes of waste and are of national importance in how we handle waste in England.
GMWDA chair Neil Swannick added: The opening of the new facility is excellent news and is a
major achievement. The composting plant which has already been featured on the television will take everyday food waste and turn it into a useful product for fields and gardens.
The IVC facility will treat kerbside collected garden and kitchen waste and create compost for use in horticulture and agriculture.
Rochdale Borough Council councillor Alan Taylor said: This facility forms an important part of developing the services we provide to residents within Rochdale. The new facility will increase the boroughs recycling rates, and reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill.
Over the next five years, more than 30 plants on 23 sites across Greater Manchester will be built. Technologies include: six transfer loading stations; two green waste shredding facilities; four in-vessel composting plants; one materials recycling facility; 17 household waste recycling centres; five mechanical biological treatment with anaerobic digestion facilities; and one thermal power station.