County wins waste funds

DEFRA has given £92 million in private finance initiative (PFI) credits to Gloucestershire County Council to improve waste facilities.

The department said the scheme will divert up to 263,000 tonnes of biodegradable municipal waste from landfill by 2020 and could also deliver net carbon savings of 33,800 tonnes, or 64,700 tonnes if it uses combined heat and power.

The council said it intends to issue a notice to prospective bidders in the new year. Meanwhile, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset have agreed to submit a business case for £75 million PFI funding for long-term waste facilities.

Earlier this year, Bath and North East Somerset Council decided not to participate in a long-term waste facility in line with its ambition of achieving zero waste (Planning, 13 June, p2).

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