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Landfill alternatives discussed

More than 40 companies have expressed an interest in Gloucestershire's residual waste contract.

Much of the waste is currently sent to landfill sites, but councils face penalties and taxes for this.

It has been awarded 92m of Private Finance Initiative (PFI) money but has not decided on what technology it will use or where sites will be located.

Residual waste is what is left over after recycling, recycling, composting and reduction has taken place.

A council spokesman said it was "delighted" at the number of companies coming forward.

"This is a really positive sign that we will have enough interest in the project to encourage competition between different bidders offering a wide range of solutions.

"This is vital in achieving a best value for money solution for Gloucestershire taxpayers," he added.

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