Merseyside has been awarded £90M in PFI credits, to cut landfill and increase composting and recycling.
The Merseyside plan sees an increase in recycling from 18.5% of their waste in 2005/06 to 45 per cent by 2020, and cut waste sent to landfill by over 60%, equivalent to nearly half a million tonnes.Joan Ruddock, Parliamentary Under Secretary - Climate Change, Biodiversity and Waste said, 'Reducing our reliance on landfill is an essential part of the drive to tackle climate change. Merseyside's scheme sets challenging targets, and I am pleased to see them make such an ambitious commitment. 'PFI agreements like this one provide an incentive for local authorities and industry to work together to achieve our goals for cutting waste, reducing its environmental impact, and making better use and reuse of the waste we create,' she said.Councillor Kevin Cluskey, Chairman of Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority said, 'We welcome this funding from government which will assist us in delivering value for money for the residents of Merseyside. We are embarking on one of the biggest waste procurement projects in the country and this will help to significantly improve our region's waste management facilities.'Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority is one of 21 authorities to benefit from £900m cash injections from waste PFI funding since 1997.