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Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel
Thursday, 19th November, 2015

Commenced: 9.00am Time Terminated: 9.45am

Coat of ArmsPresent:

Councillors B Holland (Chair), Kinsey (Deputy Chair), Cooper, Patrick and Peet

Apologies for Absence:


18. Declarations of Interest 

There were no declarations of interest.

19. Minutes

The Minutes of the proceedings of the Carbon and Waste Reduction Panel held on 10 September 2015 were agreed and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

20. Overview Presentation From Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

David Taylor, Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA), attended the meeting to provide a presentation on the Runcorn Thermal Power Station, which was operated by Viridor, the national waste management company.

He notified the Panel that GMWDA represented 9 of the 10 AGMA local authorities collecting 1.1 million tonnes of waste every year from 1 million households with a population of 2.6 million people. This made them the largest waste disposal authority in the country with the biggest contract in Europe.

It was highlighted that there was a 25 year contract for a long term sustainable solution towards recycling and waste management with a guaranteed 50% recycling rate by 2016. A map of Greater Manchester was shown to the Panel detailing the facilities across the conurbation and a company structure was outlined.

The four way collection system was explained to the Panel. This comprised of an in-vessel composter for green waste, baling and bulking for paper and cardboard, materials recovery facility for glass plastics and cans and mechanical biological treatment for mixed waste. As much value as possible was extracted from the mixed waste for fuel generation or further recycling.

The Panel heard that any residual waste was shredded, sorted and screened in order to remove calorific waste, such as plastic carrier bags, and a magnet was used to extract metal material. Compostable material was recovered and mixed with water to create methane to be used on site or sent to the National Grid. The remainder of the waste was transported by rail to the Runcorn site to be converted into fuel.

It was confirmed that the Runcorn site could process 850,000 tonnes of refuse devised fuel with Greater Manchester having 325,000 tonnes of capacity on the site.

Clarification was sought on the amount of waste that was not sent to landfill at a Greater Manchester level. It was confirmed that 82% of Greater Manchester waste was diverted away from landfill.

Panel Members enquired on Tameside’s latest recycling figures. It was confirmed that 56% of Tameside waste was being recycled, which was a 14% increase since the implementation of bin swap.

21. Site Visit

Panel Members visited Runcorn Thermal Power Station for a guided tour of the facility and to observe the different processes.

22. Urgent Items

There were no urgent items for consideration at the meeting.