Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) has transferred all its duties, obligations and statutory powers for waste disposal to Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).
GMCA said that the waste disposal authority would benefit from sharing wider resources to support its ambitious 60% recycling target for the Greater Manchester conurbation, as a result.
The transfer also places waste and resource management at the centre of the region’s strategic planning, GMCA said.
The transfer was first approved in 2014 as part of a devolution agreement for Greater Manchester and the appointment of the first elected mayor outside of London.
David Taylor, executive director, will head up waste and resource management in the combined authority, reporting directly to chief executive Eamonn Boylan.
Taylor said the transfer was a pivotal moment, placing waste and resource management at the heart of Greater Manchester’s strategic agenda.
“In terms of day-to-day activity, it is very much business as usual,” he said. “The transfer has no impact on the procurement process currently underway for Greater Manchester waste and resource management services across the region, or indeed the run-off contract with Viridor.”
The GMCA is made up of the ten Greater Manchester councils and mayor, who work with local services, businesses and communities to improve the region. The ten councils are Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.