Councillor Neil Swannick has been reappointed as the Chair of Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) as it also reports a reduction in waste sent to landfill and the completion of 40 of its proposed 42 facilities.
GMWDA delivered a report on its Annual Review, which highlighted the achievements of 2012/13. Waste sent to landfill in Greater Manchester was reduced from 514,000 tonnes in 2011/12 to 467,000 tonnes in 2012/13, which also represents savings of over £40m per annum in landfill tax.
Waste diverted from landfill increased to 54.96 percent, an increase from 21 percent in 2004/05; and the combined recycling and composting rate rose to 39.09 percent, from 2004/05’s 14.05 percent. An estimated 276,667 tonnes of CO2 was saved in 2012/13, and the Authority says that “…once all the facilities are built and fully operational under our ‘zero waste’ initiative it is expected that approximately 400,000 tonnes of carbon per annum will be saved”.
Councillor Neil Swannick, GMWDA – “Our aim of zero waste is in sight and we will continue in 2013/14 with the environmentally sustainable solution to the treatment of Greater Manchester’s waste”
The report further explained that 40 out of 42 of the facilities have been completed, including the UK’s first Thermophyllic Mechanical Biological Treatment – Anaerobic Digestion (MBT-AD) plant and an impressive 99.7 percent resident satisfaction rating.
Commenting on his reappointment, Councillor Swannick said: “I am pleased to be reappointed as Chair and I welcome new and existing Members onto the Authority. We are in the 5th year of the Contract and are on target to reach 50 percent recycling rate by 2015.
“He added, we will continue to show our commitment to local, national and European waste policy to help increase landfill diversion, remain focused on getting residents to be better recyclers and fully deliver what we believe is the most sustainable waste solution in the municipal environment.
“Sustainability is important in doing our bit to limit the impact of climate change. Not only do we need to continue with our recycling messages, but reducing waste in the first instance is equally as important, and can only be achieved through partnership working. Our aim of zero waste is in sight and we will continue in 2013/14 with the environmentally sustainable solution to the treatment of Greater Manchester’s waste.”
Councillor Swannick has contributed to the July issue of the CIWM Journal, so look out for his comments in the next issue.