Flagship Greater Manchester Facility Unveiled
July 11, 2011
July 11, 2011
The Bredbury Resource Recovery Facility in Stockport was officially opened on Friday (8th July) by Simon Brooks, European Investment Bank Vice President for the United Kingdom. The facility boasts state-of-the-art technology and will be a huge benefit to residents in Greater Manchester.
The facility has been developed as part of the 25-year Recycling and Waste Management Contract between the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) and Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Limited (VLGM). The Contract was signed in April 2009 and is funded by a number of sources including the European Investment Bank.
Speaking at the opening, Councillor Neil Swannick, Chair of GMWDA said: “This is one of GMWDA’s flagship facilities demonstrating the world-class technology that is treating Greater Manchester’s household waste by recycling, composting and generating green energy. I am delighted with what has been achieved so far, and with similar facilities replicated throughout Greater Manchester ensure that we are another step closer towards our aim of zero waste to landfill.”
European Investment Bank Vice President for the United Kingdom, Simon Brooks, added: “The European Investment Bank is committed to supporting a new generation of improved waste management in the UK. The new facility not only solves environmental challenges in Greater Manchester, but shows cities across Europe how green economic opportunities can be unlocked to promote sustainable development.”
The European Investment Bank is the European Union’s long-term lending institution and provided 200 million Euros (£182 million) for the project. The Bredbury facility will contribute directly to helping the UK meet European requirements for greater recycling and reduced landfill.
The Bredbury Resource Recovery Facility comprises:
The Resource Recovery Centre will benefit all residents in the conurbation and demonstrates the advantages of GMWDA’s joined up approach to handling Greater Manchester’s waste.
Photo Caption: Partners from European Investment Bank, Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Ltd, John Laing and Viridor