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Reducing and managing waste

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Waste infrastructure delivery programme

Defra has allocated £3.5 billion in grant funding to 28 local authority waste infrastructure projects. The grants are paid over the 25-year operating life of each project. No further awards of Waste Infrastructure Grant are being made.

The grant is used by local authorities to part-fund residual waste infrastructure contracts with private sector suppliers. These suppliers build and run waste plants that treat waste and divert biodegradable municipal waste from landfill.

This contributes towards England meeting its share of the EU Landfill Directive target to reduce the amount of biodegradable waste that is sent to landfill in the UK in 2013 and 2020.

As part of the continuous monitoring of our progress towards meeting the targets, we assess the amount of residual waste treatment infrastructure that we estimate, on reasonable assumptions, is required nationally to meet this obligation.

Norfolk County Council

Following a review, ministers have decided to revoke the offer of financial support to Norfolk County Council (NCC). This means the council will not receive any grant payments from Defra to contribute to the running costs of its proposed residual waste treatment facility.

The review was prompted by a breach of the terms and conditions under which funding was originally agreed. Ministers considered the full range of relevant factors, including the likelihood of England making the necessary contribution towards meeting the UK’s 2020 EU Landfill Directive target. Based on the most recent analysis and all the relevant evidence, Ministers concluded that it is sufficiently likely that the target will be met without a contribution from the Norfolk project.

Defra will continue to offer technical support and guidance to the council should it decide to continue with its project.

Details of the analysis that informed this decision are published in the report ‘Forecasting 2020 waste arisings and treatment capacity – Analysis to Inform the Review of Defra Financial Support for the Norfolk County Council Residual Waste Treatment Project’. The methodology used is the same as that used for the previous published analysis in February 2013. However, the analysis has been updated to take account of national waste statistics published in August 2013 and new information on waste infrastructure projects.

Revised analysis from February 2013

In February 2013 ministers decided to withdraw the provisional allocation of waste infrastructure credits to the 3 remaining local authority-led projects still in procurement.

Defra published details of the analysis that informed the decision in February 2013. A revised version of this analysis has been published. This is because the original analysis did not fully account for all of the known potential capacity expected to be delivered by 2020. This meant that the likelihood of meeting the target was underestimated. The revised publication contains more details on the changes made.

The approach to the analysis was developed following the commissioning of external consultants to review and refine previous models. Defra has implemented the main recommendations from this review. See the Review of Methodology for Forecasting Waste Infrastructure Requirements.

Guidance for local authorities

We’ve published guidance for local authorities undertaking waste infrastructure projects, including:

We plan to publish a contract management guide later this year.

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