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Merseyside councils agree to pay only for waste they produce

Merseyside’s five local councils have signed an agreement, due to come into effect from April 2006, ensuring they only pay disposal charges for waste their councils produce.

The agreement means that each council will pay a tonnage levy for waste disposal, which will put an end to the previous inequitable charging system based on the number of band D properties in each area.

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) chair councillor John Fletcher said: “This agreement is about charging councils more fairly and giving them a clear incentive to cut the amount of waste that needs to go for landfill. It is also a significant step forward in ensuring that we all work together to tackle the waste issues facing Merseyside.”

This was followed by the Merseyside Waste Summit - the first of its kind - held in Liverpool last Friday. The event, hailed as a great success by MWDA, brought together key decision makers and political leaders from across the region to discuss current and future waste management issues.

A main point discussed was the affordability of the proposed PFI bid for a £2 billion waste management contract over the next 25 years. MWDA stressed to districts that they needed to make a connection between collection and disposal strategies and take long term decisions over the future of waste management in Merseyside now.

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