Greater Manchester’s future waste management plan has been given the go-ahead by the Planning Inspectorate.
The Joint Waste Development Plan Document was found to be “sound in terms of content and process” and can now be formally adopted by each of the 10 authorities involved.
The plan identifies locations for future waste management facilities. It allocates seven sites and identifies a further 26 areas as suitable for future waste development.
The authorities said they have saved more than £8m by collaborating.
Councillor Derek Antrobus, chair of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) planning and housing commission and the Joint Waste Planning Committee said: “We believe we have put forward a plan that assumes we minimise the amount of waste produced, maximise recycling and deal with what cannot be recycled in the most sustainable way.
“The encouragement we give to new technologies should ensure waste disposal is cleaner, greener and safer. It will also encourage new ‘green collar’ jobs.”
The document was submitted to the Government in February and subjected to independent examination between June and September.
The plan will form part of each authority’s statutory development plan from April 2012 until 2027.