A partnership of three north east councils has won £73.525 million in private finance initiative (PFI) credits.
The South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership, comprising Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside councils, aims to increase recycling rates from its current rate of 26% to 50% by 2020.
As well as improving waste reduction, the Partnership plans to improve its facilities to deal with the remaining waste.
Partnership chairman Michael McNestry said: [This funding] means we can find a way of recovering value from our non-recycled rubbish, instead of just throwing it away.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the Partnerships project will divert nearly a quarter of a million tonnes of biodegradable municipal waste from landfill in 2020, helping the UK to meet its diversion targets. Technologies under consideration are mechanical biological digestion, autoclaving, energy from waste, a mix of all three, or another solution proposed by bidders.
Tender notices will be advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union shortly.
Image: Members of the Partnership launching their information leaflet called Load of Rubbish? The facts about our waste. From left to right Cllr James Blackburn, Cllr Michael McNestry, Cllr Michael Clare.