Project saves 391,000 tons from landfill

Waste facilities in Leicestershire and the South West in England will see major improvements, thanks to a combined GBP 181.6 million in funding announced by Defra. In Leicestershire, the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) project is expecting to divert 98,000 tons of biodegradable municipal waste from landfills in 2020. In the South West, the PFI project will divert 293,000 tons from landfills in 2020.

Leicestershire plans to build on its already successful recycling and composting record. Not only does the county expect to reach the Government’s 2020 recycling target of 50 percent 10 years early, but with further plans it aims to reach 58 percent by 2017. In the South West, 92 percent of the biodegradable waste in the area will be diverted from landfill.