Greater Manchester’s £4bn waste facilities infrastructure deal between local authorities, Viridor and Laing has been lauded for its “clear political ambition”.
The PFI project, which was created in 2009, was scrutinised by researchers at the Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) and the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR).
Researchers interviewed a range of key stakeholders from the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Drs Sally Gee and Elvira Uyarra from the SCI said the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Agency (GMWDA), which leads the development, had shown a “strong mix of commercial and procurement skill”.
She said: “Ultimately, the Greater Manchester waste PFI shows that there is a role for the public sector to invest in large scale infrastructure projects that can make a positive environmental contribution.”
GMWDA is England’s largest waste authority, responsible for dealing with 1.1m tonnes of waste each year.
According to Viridor, 37 out of the project’s 42 new facilities are now operational.