Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) has transferred all its duties, obligations and statutory powers for waste disposal to Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).
The transfer was first approved in 2014 as part of a devolution agreement for Greater Manchester and the appointment of the first elected mayor outside of London.
GMCA is made up of ten Greater Manchester councils – Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.
By joining forces with the GMCA, GMWDA – one of England’s largest waste disposal authorities – said it is set to benefit from sharing wider resources to support its 60% recycling target for the Greater Manchester conurbation. And, GMWDA said, the transfer places waste and resource management at the centre of the city-region’s strategic planning.
David Taylor, executive director of GMWDA, will head up waste and resource management in the combined authority, reporting directly to chief executive of GMCA, Eamonn Boylan.
Mr Taylor said: “GMWDA has always been ambitious and pioneering in its approach, with values that are well aligned with the Combined Authority’s vision for Greater Manchester and its residents.
“Our transfer marks a pivotal moment in our 32 year history and firmly places waste and resource management at the heart of Greater Manchester’s strategic agenda. In terms of day-to-day activity it is very much business as usual. The transfer has no impact on the procurement process currently underway for Greater Manchester waste and resource management services across the region – or indeed the run off contract with Viridor.”
“Through devolution we’ve been given an opportunity to write our own future and we’re making great strides.”Eamonn Boylan
Commenting on the transfer, Mr Boylan said: “Through devolution we’ve been given an opportunity to write our own future and we’re making great strides. We have a bold vision for Greater Manchester and the 2.8m people who make up our region to make it one of the best places in the world; waste management – a fundamental part of everyday life – plays an integral part in this.
“We’re delighted to welcome the GMWDA team on-board and look forward to working together to deliver our vision for Greater Manchester.”