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3bn deal to recycle 50% of waste

Residual waste will help power a chemical plant in Cheshire

A multi-billion pound contract has been signed to recycle half of Greater Manchester's waste and turn some of it into fuel to generate electricity.

The £3.8bn deal means £640m of building work for recycling facilities, creating 5,000 jobs, the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) said.

The Viridor Laing contract will enable 50% of the area's waste to be recycled by 2015.

Greater Manchester generates 1.4 million tonnes of waste each year.

The new facilities will be easier for residents to use, providing better working conditions and will use modern methods to eliminate noise and odours.

'World class'

GMWDA said more than 75% of Greater Manchester's waste will be diverted away from landfill, which it claims will be the greatest amount of diversion of all local authorities across the UK.

Secretary of State for the Environment Hilary Benn said: "Diverting one million tonnes of waste through these world class waste facilities will be a major step in reaching our 2013 and 2020 landfill targets and play an important role in battling climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions created by landfill."

Residual waste that cannot be recycled will be processed into a fuel for use by chemicals producer Ineos Chlor to provide energy for its plant at Runcorn, Cheshire.

GMWDA provides waste disposal services for over 973,000 households in Bolton, Bury, Manchester City, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford.

Greater Manchester already recycles more than 250,000 tonnes of material through kerbside recycling collections and 90,000 tonnes from household waste recycling centres.

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