Manchester given the go-ahead for revolutionary waste management programme

The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) has been granted planning permission for 36 new waste management facilities.

Posted on 10 August 2009

The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) has been granted planning permission for 36 new waste management facilities.
 
The waste management project will provide a ‘revolutionary integrated solution’ for the 1.3 million tonnes of municipal waste which the Authority handles each year, as well as creating 5,000 new jobs.
 
The 36 new and redeveloped facilities, which will be housed at 23 sites, include:
 
• 6 Transfer Loading Stations which will receive both recyclable and non recyclable waste from local collections.
 
• 2 Green Waste Shredding Facilities which will shred green waste and prepare it for efficient transport to a composting facility, helping Greater Manchester divert more of its waste from landfill.
 
• 4 In-Vessel Composting facilities to treat garden and kitchen waste.
 
• 1 Materials Recovery Facility to sort kerbside collected recyclable materials.
 
• 17 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs), overhauling the current network of HWRCs and including proposed new sites and modernised facilities.
 
• 5 Mechanical Biological Treatment with Anaerobic Digestion facilities for dry recyclable materials which will help Greater Manchester generate green energy and divert more waste from landfill.
 
• 1 Thermal Power Station being developed with chemicals firm Ineos Chlor at Runcorn, Cheshire. The power station will burn up to 850,000 tonnes-a-year of refuse-derived fuel from the Greater Manchester area using combined heat and power technology.

These technologies will assist in improving recycling levels and recovery of household waste to make Greater Manchester a more sustainable environment. It is estimated the project will reduce waste to landfill by 75% and achieve a 50% recycling and composting rate.
 
 
The developments, which should be completed by 2012, are part of a 25 year, £4 billion PFI deal with Viridor Laing.
 
The chair of the GMWDA, councillor Neil Swannick, said:
 
"We are delighted to have secured all 23 planning applications for our facilities in Greater Manchester, this is an incredible success, especially within this timeframe, this shows strong commitment and excellent partnership."
 

Posted under General Interest on 10 August 2009