03 September 2007 | Antony Barton
The government has awarded two Yorkshire authorities £65 million for a PFI project to improve waste management facilities.
North Yorkshire County Council and York City Council plan to increase recycling and composting by creating a mechanical and biological treatment plant and an "energy from waste" plant.
The composition of the treatment plants will be decided through the procurement process. A spokeswoman at North Yorkshire County Council said the process had not yet been finalised by its waste management team, which is leading the exercise and is expected to inform the council's procurement function of the tendering procedure imminently.
The two councils hope the new facilities will divert from landfill over three-quarters of municipal waste collected in their areas by 2033.
Twenty-two authorities have received a total of around £900 million in waste PFI funding since 1997. The Spending Review 2004, which covers 2006/07 to 2008/09, provided an additional £275 million of PFI funding for waste PFI projects, added to the £355 million available from the previous spending review.