Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

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Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority
Greater Manchester within England
Greater Manchester within England
Abbreviation GMWDA
Motto "Our Aim is Zero Waste"
Formation 1986
Type waste disposal authority
Purpose Management and disposal of the municipal waste of Greater Manchester
Headquarters Medtia Chambers, 5 Barn Street, OLDHAM[1]
Region served Greater Manchester
Chair Neil Swannick
Clerk Charlie Parker
Parent organization Greater Manchester Combined Authority

The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) is England’s largest Waste Disposal Authority, responsible for the management and disposal of municipal waste from Greater Manchester.[2] It is responsible for dealing with the 1.1 million tonnes of waste produced each year, from the 1,009,815 households and population of over 2.27 million in the metropolitan districts of Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford — though part of Greater Manchester the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan administers its own waste disposal operations, though is represented on the authority for administration purposes. This waste comes from council household waste collections and 25 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) provided and serviced by the GMWDA. It handles around 5% of the nation's municipal waste.[2]

The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority was created under the Local Government Act 1985 to carry out the waste management functions and duties of the Greater Manchester County Council after its abolition in 1986. The Authority Membership is composed of councillors from across Greater Manchester.[3] Its headquarters are in Oldham.[1] Greater Manchester Waste Limited (GMW), a company owned and controlled by the GMWDA, handles the waste of a population. The GMWDA operates the Recycle for Greater Manchester organisation, its initiatives and website.[4] Following the creation of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in 2011, GMWDA has been an integral part of a pilot local government strategy to demonstrate competence in tackling climate change, energy, water, green infrastructure, transport, waste and other issues affecting the Greater Manchester Statutory City Region.[5][6]


The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority was formed in 1986.


The Authority is going to deliver at least 50% recycling and 75% diversion from landfill through its existing contractual guarantee with Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester). It is committing through this new vision to move as close as possible having no need to landfill.[7]

Greater Manchester Waste PFI contract[edit]

The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority along with Viridor Laing, they have created a network of state-of-the-art recycling and waste management facilities in the context of a 25 year private finance initiative (PFI) contract. Within a 776 million Euros construction programme, they've offered a long-term sustainable solution for the 1.1 million tonnes of municipal waste.[8] The contract will include the utilisation of 3 mechanical biological treatment plants based on the Clarke Energy - Haase MBT+WAD process and 2 on the BTA technology (BTA Process; Enpure was the licensee for the BTA Process in UK until 2011) are planned, along with composting facilities and materials recovery facilies.[9]

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  9. ^ State of the Art Technology for Greater Manchester,, retrieved 19.10.07

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