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</v:formulas> <v:path o:extrusionok="f" gradientshapeok="t" o:connecttype="rect"/> <o:lock v:ext="edit" aspectratio="t"/> </v:shapetype><v:shape id="_x0000_i1025" type="#_x0000_t75" alt="" style='width:435pt; height:72.75pt'> <v:imagedata src="2013%2003%20ISWA%20Insight%20Issue%2002_files/image001.jpg" o:href="cid:A7F9852914446DDB981E@AH"/> </v:shape><![endif]--><![if !vml]><img width=580 height=97 src="2013%2003%20ISWA%20Insight%20Issue%2002_files/image001.jpg" border=0 v:shapes="_x0000_i1025"><![endif]></span><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"'><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:1;height:48.75pt'> <td width=554 style='width:415.3pt;padding:.75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt; height:48.75pt'> <p class=MsoNormal><strong><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;Exclusive, up-to-date information for ISWA members from ISWA officials.</span></strong><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'> </span><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:2.25pt; margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:gray'>Board Members and Working Group Chairs report on their current activities on behalf of&nbsp; ISWA.</span><o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td width=100 style='width:75.2pt;padding:.75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;height: 48.75pt'> <p align=right style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:right'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:gray'>Issue 2 07.03.2013</span><o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:2;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width=654 colspan=2 valign=top style='width:490.5pt;padding:.75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt'> <div align=center> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width=650 style='width:487.5pt;mso-cellspacing:0cm;background:#36675A;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:2.25pt 2.25pt 2.25pt 2.25pt' height=25> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width=390 style='width:292.5pt;padding:2.25pt 2.25pt 2.25pt 2.25pt'> <p class=MsoNormal><strong><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:white'>1. Visit to Belgium</span></strong><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> <td width=221 style='width:165.75pt;padding:2.25pt 2.25pt 2.25pt 2.25pt'> <p align=right style='text-align:right'><span style='font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:white'>A&nbsp;Report by President David Newman</span><o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> </table> </div> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='font-size:7.5pt;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";display: none;mso-hide:all'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <div align=center> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width=650 style='width:487.5pt;mso-cellspacing:0cm;mso-yfti-tbllook:1184;mso-padding-alt: 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt' height=30> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes'> <td width=546 valign=top style='width:409.5pt;padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <p><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>I spent March 6th in Belgium on behalf of ISWA and a very busy day it was.</span><o:p></o:p></p> <p><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>I began by meeting Francis Veys the Managing Director of the Bureau International of Recycling (BIR) in Brussels, which represents about 850 companies worldwide involved in recycling. Above all these are in the ferrous and non-ferrous metals and paper sectors, but also some trading and recycling plastics, used tyres and other materials (<a href="http://www.bir.org">www.bir.org</a>). I visited Mr Veys to enlist his&nbsp; organisation's involvement in our Global Recycling Markets report which ISWA is working on now and which I hope we can present in Vienna in October. I believe it is important for the positioning of our industry to show what role we have in global markets for secondary raw materials, and how all this links into the collection systems in our cities.</span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'> </span><o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td width=104 valign=top style='width:78.0pt;padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <p align=right style='text-align:right'><span style='font-size:7.5pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'><!--[if gte vml 1]><v:shape id="_x0000_i1026" type="#_x0000_t75" alt="" style='width:84.75pt;height:106.5pt'> <v:imagedata src="2013%2003%20ISWA%20Insight%20Issue%2002_files/image002.jpg" o:href="cid:E24422BD78CC1A58EF72@AH"/> </v:shape><![endif]--><![if !vml]><img border=0 width=113 height=142 src="2013%2003%20ISWA%20Insight%20Issue%2002_files/image002.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1026"><![endif]></span><o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:1;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width=626 colspan=2 style='width:469.5pt;padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black'><br> I was then met and kindly transported by Tom De Bruyckere to Antwerp to the offices of ISVAG, the city waste company which is playing the lead role, with the Belgium National Member and the city council, in organising the 2015 ISWA World Congress. We were joined by other colleagues and the Vice Mayor of Antwerp Philip Heylen who is also the Chairman of ISVAG. The story of the company is an excellent lesson in crisis management. The incinerator, closed in 2001 after the dioxins-in- chickens scandal (with which it had no relation) was re-opened and has become a site visited each year by thousands of citizens, children and overseas visitors. Some 25.000 schoolchildren have now visited ISVAG and seen for themselves how modern plants are safe and clean. The region has recycling rates of around 80%, among the highest in the world and has a fine network of treatment facilities. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>We discussed also the organisation for 2015 which has already begun, and we suggested many ways forward, involving ISWA members worldwide. &nbsp; I have no doubt the organisers will be in contact with many National Members and Working Groups over the next months to elaborate the Congress programme.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>Finally I had the pleasure and honour to speak in the European Parliament in the afternoon on organic waste collection in Italy, the role of bioplastics and European legislation for the growing bioeconomy. As I have written before, the biobased industries growing worldwide are producing new products which will eventually transform both organic waste recovery and plastic collection systems. These include, but are clearly not limited to, plastic bags, food containers, packaging materials in general as well as certain kinds of chemicals. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>The Italian mInister for Environment, Corrado Clini, who was present, confirmed the imminent publication of the Italian Law definitively introducing bans on throw away plastic bags in Italy including the fines for breaking the law. This will give a positive impulse to the whole sector, which in turn, will lead to cleaner and less costly collection systems for organic waste.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>It was a very exciting day spent in the heart of Europe and while we all moan about the costs, the bureaucracy and the perceived distance of the European Commission, the Nobel Prize for Peace is a somber reminder of its success.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> </table> </div> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; display:none;mso-hide:all'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width=650 style='width:487.5pt;mso-cellspacing:0cm;background:#36675A;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:2.25pt 2.25pt 2.25pt 2.25pt' height=25> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width=379 style='width:284.25pt;padding:2.25pt 2.25pt 2.25pt 2.25pt'> <p class=MsoNormal><strong><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:white'>2. 1st Media &amp; Waste Management Workshop</span></strong><span style='font-size:7.5pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:black'> </span><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> <td width=271 style='width:203.25pt;padding:2.25pt 2.25pt 2.25pt 2.25pt'> <p align=right style='margin-top:5.0pt;margin-right:2.25pt;margin-bottom: 5.0pt;margin-left:2.25pt;text-align:right'><span style='font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:white'>A Report by Ana Loureiro, Member of the <br> ISWA Working Group on Communication</span><o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> </table> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; display:none;mso-hide:all'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width=650 style='width:487.5pt;mso-cellspacing:0cm;mso-yfti-tbllook:1184;mso-padding-alt: 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt' height=30> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes'> <td width=546 valign=top style='width:409.5pt;padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <p><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>The reason why waste management companies and environmental journalists gather together to discuss common interests on information and communication was the fact that both need to communicate better with each other and to understand the waste management business. </span><o:p></o:p></p> <p><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>Valorsul and ISWA  International Solid Waste Association Working Group on Communication promoted a debate session between Portuguese environmental journalists and communication experts from international waste management organizations which allowed gathering contributes from different perspectives and realities. This workshop was held in Lisbon, on the 1st March</span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>. </span><o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td width=104 valign=top style='width:78.0pt;padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <p align=right style='text-align:right'><span style='font-size:7.5pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'><!--[if gte vml 1]><v:shape id="_x0000_i1027" type="#_x0000_t75" alt="" style='width:75pt;height:103.5pt'> <v:imagedata src="2013%2003%20ISWA%20Insight%20Issue%2002_files/image003.jpg" o:href="cid:4B2A7C1A6C8751421E4A@AH"/> </v:shape><![endif]--><![if !vml]><img border=0 width=100 height=138 src="2013%2003%20ISWA%20Insight%20Issue%2002_files/image003.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1027"><![endif]></span><o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:1;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width=626 colspan=2 style='width:469.5pt;padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <p style='line-height:115%'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>The main goal was to promote a bigger debate, exchange information about problems, solutions and trends of the sector. This is, in fact, one of ISWA s lines of action for 2013, as Gunilla Carlsson, chair of the Working Group on Communication, referred. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>The main purpose of this meeting was to know both the interests and the needs of  the other side , in order to figure out the best ways to transmit relevant messages towards environmental preservation and the defense of community interests.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>It is unanimous that the economical crisis has also an impact not only on the public attention to environmental topics but also on the media coverage of those topics and also on environmental-friendly behaviors. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>Therefore, it is necessary to address the new challenges of this context. The topics change and it is mandatory to keep up with the trends. If a while ago the attention was on the problem of dumpsters and on recycling, now a new optic is needed. On one hand, companies address the importance of topic such as the loss of separation habits, new issues on diverting materials of the collecting circuits and food waste. Journalists, on the other hand, draw the attention to topics with an impact on the daily life of citizens, trends, new solutions and updated and relevant statistics. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>Media representatives consider it is extremely important for the data to be available for consultation. There are more and more platforms that allow it and they must also be used as tools in order to gain dissemination, awareness and mobilization. More than to overload the media with information, it should be relevant to the type of audience of each media. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>On the opening session, Joo Figueiredo, president of the Executive Commission of Valorsul, underlined the challenge for the future: organizations and media working together towards the success of environmental education and awareness. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>In the end, all the participants agreed that this kind of initiatives help engaging better relationships between both parts, promoting better information exchange and overcoming constraints in order to built a better communication of environmental and waste management topics.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p align=center style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'><!--[if gte vml 1]><v:shape id="_x0000_i1028" type="#_x0000_t75" alt="" style='width:450pt;height:84.75pt'> <v:imagedata src="2013%2003%20ISWA%20Insight%20Issue%2002_files/image004.jpg" o:href="cid:EA5C801ED298B188D8F0@AH"/> </v:shape><![endif]--><![if !vml]><img border=0 width=600 height=113 src="2013%2003%20ISWA%20Insight%20Issue%2002_files/image004.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1028"><![endif]></span><o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> </table> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; display:none;mso-hide:all'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width=650 style='width:487.5pt;mso-cellspacing:0cm;background:#36675A;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:2.25pt 2.25pt 2.25pt 2.25pt' height=25> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width=379 style='width:284.25pt;padding:2.25pt 2.25pt 2.25pt 2.25pt'> <p class=MsoNormal><strong><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:white'>3. Visit to Greater Manchester, UK</span></strong><span style='font-size:7.5pt;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:black'> </span><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"'><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> <td width=271 style='width:203.25pt;padding:2.25pt 2.25pt 2.25pt 2.25pt'> <p align=right style='text-align:right'><span style='font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:white'>A Report by President David Newman</span><o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> </table> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; display:none;mso-hide:all'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width=649 style='width:486.75pt;mso-cellspacing:0cm;mso-yfti-tbllook:1184;mso-padding-alt: 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td style='padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'></td> </tr> </table> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";display:none;mso-hide:all'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <div align=center> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width=650 style='width:487.5pt;mso-cellspacing:0cm;mso-yfti-tbllook:1184;mso-padding-alt: 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;height:128.25pt'> <td width=546 valign=top style='width:409.5pt;padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt; height:128.25pt'> <p><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>I visited Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority s and Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Limited s (VLGM) world class facilities on Friday 11<sup>th</sup> January 2013. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black'>The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Elaine Boyes, the Chair of Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, Councillor Neil Swannick and Stephen Jenkinson (Viridor Laing Chief Executive Officer) welcomed me to the city</span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:black'> </span><span style='font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>.</span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'> </span><o:p></o:p></p> <p><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black'>GMWDA and VLGM signed the Recycling and Waste Management Contract in April 2009.The Contract is creating state-of-the-art recycling facilities across the whole of Greater Manchester. </span><o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td width=104 valign=top style='width:78.0pt;padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt; height:128.25pt'> <p align=right style='text-align:right'><span style='font-size:7.5pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'><!--[if gte vml 1]><v:shape id="_x0000_i1029" type="#_x0000_t75" alt="" style='width:84.75pt;height:106.5pt'> <v:imagedata src="2013%2003%20ISWA%20Insight%20Issue%2002_files/image002.jpg" o:href="cid:E24422BD78CC1A58EF72@AH"/> </v:shape><![endif]--><![if !vml]><img border=0 width=113 height=142 src="2013%2003%20ISWA%20Insight%20Issue%2002_files/image002.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1029"><![endif]></span><o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:1;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width=626 colspan=2 valign=top style='width:469.5pt;padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <p style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>I was keen to visit the GMWDA world class facilities and on Saturday morning visited one of our largest sites at Longley Lane, Sharston, Manchester, to look at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) and Mechanical and Biological Treatment facility (MBT).<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>Through the Recycling and Waste Management Contract the current recycling rate is 40.9% which has increased significantly from 7% in 2002/03 with a target of 50% by 2015. 57% are diverted away from landfill with a target of 75% by 2015.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>Greater Manchester's waste accounts for 5% of the UK s municipal waste, this Contract will make a powerful contribution to ensuring that the UK complies with its requirements under the European Union Landfill Directive, and in turn will deliver important carbon benefits. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) provides recycling and waste disposal services for over 1 million households in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford. It handles around 5% of national municipal waste.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Limited is a joint venture company owned by Viridor, a subsidiary of Pennon Group PLC, and John Laing PLC, who have come together to deliver a 25 year Recycling and Waste Management Contract.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin-bottom:12.0pt'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>Recycle for Greater Manchester is a partnership between Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Limited (VLGM) and the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA), encouraging all residents of Greater Manchester to reduce, re-use and recycle more and help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.</span><o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> </table> </div> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";display:none;mso-hide:all'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <div align=center> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width=650 style='width:487.5pt;mso-cellspacing:0cm;mso-yfti-tbllook:1184;mso-padding-alt: 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt' height=30> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes'> <td width=374 valign=top style='width:280.5pt;padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <p class=MsoNormal><!--[if gte vml 1]><v:shape id="_x0000_s1026" type="#_x0000_t75" alt="" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0;width:280.5pt; height:198pt;z-index:251658240;mso-wrap-distance-left:0; mso-wrap-distance-top:0;mso-wrap-distance-right:0; mso-wrap-distance-bottom:0;mso-position-horizontal:left; mso-position-horizontal-relative:text;mso-position-vertical-relative:line' o:allowoverlap="f"> <v:imagedata src="2013%2003%20ISWA%20Insight%20Issue%2002_files/image005.jpg" o:title="E2A302BDCEE7A226B48C@AH"/> <w:wrap type="square"/> </v:shape><![endif]--><![if !vml]><img width=374 height=264 src="2013%2003%20ISWA%20Insight%20Issue%2002_files/image005.jpg" align=left border=0 v:shapes="_x0000_s1026"><![endif]><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> <td width=276 valign=top style='width:207.0pt;padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <p><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>The Greater Manchester zero waste initiative stated that it will save around 400,000 tonne of CO<sub>2</sub> per year.</span><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) provides recycling and waste disposal services for 1,009,815 households in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford. It handles around 5% of national municipal waste.</span><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>VLGM is a joint venture company owned by Viridor, a subsidiary of Pennon Group PLC, and John Laing PLC, who have come together to deliver a 25 year Recycling and Waste Management Contract.</span><span style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:1;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width=650 colspan=2 style='width:487.5pt;padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black'><br> VLGM provides facilities and services to manage householders waste in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner. This involves the reception, treatment and disposal of waste to increase levels of recycling, composting and recovery and reduce waste sent to landfill. I was keen to visit the GMWDA world class facilities and on Saturday morning visited one of our largest sites at Longley Lane, Sharston, Manchester, to look at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) and Mechanical and Biological Treatment facility (MBT).</span><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> </table> </div> </td> </tr> </table> </div> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> </div> </body> </html>