As part of the existing Waste Implementation Programme (WIP), the Waste Infrastructure Development Programme (WIPD) is to target waste that cannot be recycled or composted.
Support will be provided to local authorities with project scoping, procurement strategy, technology choices, planning, community engagement, public consultation, through to negotiation, delivery of the project and the operational phase.
WIP director John Burns said: WIPD will accelerate the building of the infrastructure needed to treat residual waste without compromising our efforts to minimise waste and increase recycling levels. Only a combination of these activities will allow us to meet our obligations for biodegradable municipal waste under the Landfill Directive.
Despite constant improvements in our efforts to recycle and compost in an economically and environmentally efficient way, there is a balance to be struck between reducing levels of waste generated, and the need to treat residual waste. It offers the opportunity to extract value from an otherwise discarded resource stream.
The aim of the WIPD programme is to complement and expand on existing work and resources to meet Landfill Directive targets. Its main goals are to:
-Establish the scale of residual waste treatment infrastructure needed to meet targets
-Stay abreast of requirements by monitoring the delivery of projects
-Support local authorities responsible for delivering the necessary infrastructure in a timely and affordable manner
-At a programme level, help the public and private sectors work effectively together in solving a shared national challenge.