As Minister Joan Ruddock visited the North West Waste Conference this week (February 4 2008) she faced lobbyists requesting she ensure that strategic waste infrastructure is put in place as soon as possible.
Speaking at the conference she praised the regions progress in sustainable waste management as recycling rates have increased by more than 5% during the last year. However, she added that those involved should not be too pleased with themselves as the area also has some of the lowest LA recycling rates in the country.
She attributed success to strong working partnerships among local authorities. She said: The strength of these relationships is demonstrated by the fact that the amount of waste being generated has begun to level out over the last few years. In fact the amount of household waste has reduced by 4%.
This success has been underpinned by the fact that the North West has been the most successful region in the country in obtaining Government PFI credits. This £320m investment will contribute towards infrastructure contracts worth several billion pounds to help the area deliver an effective service.
It is vital that this strategic waste treatment infrastructure is up and running as soon as possible and Ive already been lobbied as I walked into the room about making sure this happens! Not only for the good of the community and general environment but also to ensure that financial penalties are not incurred.