Your article on privately financed waste disposal projects (NCE last week) correctly points out that we need help in dealing with projects of this magnitude and duration, as professionals may only have the opportunity to deal with a very small number of such contracts in a lifetime.
There is only limited knowledge and experience of such contracts, which are all coming in a bunch due to the way in which this government has brought the European Landfill Directive to fruition through Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme .
Where I disagree is the perception that waste services officers are 'not much more than waste recycling officers who used to be binmen'.
In my experience, officers are well qualified professionals from a range of disciplines covering both waste, environmental services, contract management and procurement.
Richard Powell (M), lead technical officer, waste committee for Buckinghamshire, richard@sprowell. co. uk