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London Waste and Recycling Board gets huge response to funding call

The London Waste and Recycling Board has received 170 proposals in its first round of funding requests following its call earlier this year for interested parties to bid for money from its £84 million funding pot to help the capital manage its waste.

At a LWaRB meeting (29 September) on funding bids, LWaRB chief operating officer Andy Holdcroft said most of the bidders asking for funding had asked for support with anaerobic digestion technology. The LWaRB is inviting expressions of interest throughout the year with an emphasis on a wide range of technologies and eco-friendly waste solutions. It brings together the capitals key bodies with an interest in waste management including the Mayor of London and London Councils to improve the way that Londons waste is dealt with through increased recycling and diverting waste away from landfill.

Out of the 170 submitted proposals four have been invited to develop more detailed business cases for the LWaRB to consider after meeting the LWaRBs set criteria.

Holdcroft said: We are very keen to make sure that all projects are evaluated on a fair basis. The evaluation criteria have been spilt into two main sections now. So, we have a set of questions which are testing the project viability looking at how likely is it that these projects will actually be delivered. And then a second set of criteria that look at the overall objectives and how it will contribute to boards objectives as set out in our business plan. Both sections are scored out of 100.

The LWaRB did not disclose who the four bidders were at the meeting but held a private session to discuss the matter.

At the end of the meeting, Mayor of London Boris Johnson joked whether waste had yet become a politically incorrect term in relation to waste being seen as a resource.

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