London Recycling Board reveals funding priorities for next four years
Waste infrastructure projects and innovative treatment technologies have been earmarked for priority funding by the London Waste & Recycling Board (LWARB).
LWARB – which has just approved its business plan through to 2015 – has a funding pot of £26.3M at its disposal over the next four years to help support the capital’s waste management drive.
The business plan outlines support for specific projects involving hydrogen fuel cells, gas to grid and waste-derived transport fuels.
LWARB will also target waste infrastructure, with priority given to projects that will make a significant contribution towards closing the capacity gap outlined in the Mayor’s municipal waste management strategy.
Another beneficiary will be a £4.6M efficiencies programme for local authorities, which will build on the potential savings that can be generated from joint procurement, framework agreements and shared services and best practice.
LWARB’s chair, James Cleverly, said: ‘This is a focused plan, with a clear targeted waste infrastructure programme. An estimated £220M is spent each year on waste collection in the capital – the new efficiencies programme has the potential to generate huge savings for boroughs.”
The board will shortly be putting out a call for expressions of interest to infrastructure developers oto come forward with potential projects to invest in. Over the past two years, LWARB has committed almost £52M to various projects to improve waste management in the capital.