02 February 2007

£3bn Waste PFI will Include Anaerobic Digestion Plants

Viridor/Laing Selected as Preferred Bidder for Greater Manchester PFI Waste Contract
Viridor is delighted to announce that the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) today (29 January 2007) confirmed that it has selected the consortium between Viridor Waste Management and John Laing Infrastructure (a division of John Laing plc) as preferred bidder for the PFI contract to deliver long-term waste management solutions in Greater Manchester. The integrated waste management contract (investment value £300 million) with the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) is the largest such scheme in the UK.

The Viridor/Laing consortium proposals will assist GMWDA with their obligations under the EU Landfill Directive, achieving high levels of materials recycling and recovery and radically reducing the proportion of waste sent to landfill. Viridor/Laing will provide a full range of waste management services through the PFI mechanism, including waste reduction, recycling, composting, treatment, recovery and disposal.

GMWDA currently operates and manages the UK’s largest waste management contract, covering the recycling and disposal of waste from across the Greater Manchester area and dealing with over 1.4m tonnes of municipal waste each year.

According to the New Civil Engineer magazine, Authority Chairman Neil
Swannick said:

'Several MBT Plants using anaerobic digestion will be built. We want to make sure when we get to 2010 that we have got these facilities up and running because that is when the LATS targets become really

Comment: Things are looking good for Anaerobic Digestion!

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