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August 2007

Waste treatment projects progress

London— Four innovative projects to deliver major infrastructure for dealing with England’s waste have been given the go ahead to progress to the next stage in securing Private Finance Initiative (PFI) credits under Defra’s Waste Infrastructure Delivery Programme (WIDP).

The successful authorities are:

  • South Tyne & Wear
  • South London Partnership
  • Suffolk CC
  • Bradford MBC

The projects have been invited to submit Outline Business Cases (OBC).

WIDP brings together the project delivery activities of Defra’s Waste Implementation Programme, Partnerships UK and 4Ps. The program was established to accelerate the delivery of the major infrastructure required to treat residual waste without compromising efforts to minimize waste and increase recycling levels.

The 2006 revised waste PFI credit criteria emphasizes the economic benefits possible from collaborative working by local authorities. There is a two-step application process, which consists of an Expression of Interest (EOI) and an OBC.

The closing date for EOI in the next PFI award round is September 30, 2007.