The formal opening of a resource recovery facility in Salford marks the completion of Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority’s (GMWDA) £631m infrastructure programme.
The facility is one of 42 constructed and upgraded across Greater Manchester as part of the Recycle for Greater Manchester partnership between the authority and Viridor Laing (VLGM), a joint venture company owned by Viridor and John Laing.
The authority’s chairwoman, Catherine Piddington, officially opened the facility at a ceremony attended by councillors and representatives from the project partners.
She said: “This state of the art facility completes the … Greater Manchester facilities, which will contribute to at least 50% recycling and 75% landfill diversion target by 2016. This facility plays a crucial part in reaching our aim of zero waste; however none of this can be achieved without the active support of all of our residents using the right bin to recycle every time.”
The Salford site has a:
- mechanical biological treatment facility with anaerobic digestion
- transfer loading station
- recycling centre for 23 types of household materials, and reuse facilities for furniture and large electrical appliances
Ian McAulay, chief executive of Viridor, said: “We want people to see waste differently and recognise its real value as a resource. Transforming what others see as rubbish into quality resources that can be used within manufacturing is a key requirement to greater resource efficiency in the UK.”
Environment minister Lord de Mauley, left, said: “This impressive project offers an alternative to landfill that is less harmful to our environment. I congratulate Viridor Laing and GMWDA on the opening of this facility which will deliver a boost not just for the environment, but for Manchester’s local economy too.”
The GMWDA provides recycling and waste disposal services for more than one million households in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford. It handles around 5% of England’s waste.
- The photo, top, shows from left McAulay, Piddington, and VLGM chair Peter Heginbotham