Waste sent to landfill in Greater Manchester was reduced from 514,000 tonnes in 2011/12 to 467,000 tonnes in 2012/13, according to the annual report of the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority.
The reduction represented a saving of more than £40m in landfill tax last year. Put another way, the authority said waste diverted from landfill increased to 54.96%, up from 21% in 2004/05.
The combined recycling and composting rate increased to 39.09%; in 2004/05 it was 14.05%. The target is to reach 50% by 2015.
An estimated 276,667 tonnes of CO2 was saved in 2012/13, and once all the new facilities being built by VLGM, a 25-year joint venture between Viridor and John Laing, are fully operational under GMWDA expects that 400,000 tonnes of carbon a year will be saved. To date 40 out of 42 of the new facilities are completed.
Cllr Neil Swannick was reappointed as chairman of GMWDA at its annual general meeting on Friday 14 June. Swannick has been chairman since 2001.