100 million tonnes of waste are produced in the UK every year; the majority of which goes into landfill sites.
In 2007, the government launched the UK Waste Management Strategy, which plans to halve this figure by 2012 through a series of local government initiatives.
The government's main aim is not only to decrease the amount of landfill, but also encourage local authorities to manage their waste in a more responsible way. Initiatives include;
- Increasing the Landfill Tax Escalator,
- Providing Local Government Authorities with additional funding for PFI schemes, and
- Researching alternatives to landfill.
Richard Ernest, director at Faithful+Gould, said: "The waste management industry is growing rapidly in response to ambitious government targets. Local authorities are now looking to third party companies to build a range of waste management facilities. However, these companies' expertise lies in the management of waste, rather than in the construction of the stations which is paramount. As a cost and project management consultancy, Faithful+Gould is ideally placed to use its years of expertise to help guide and push through ambitious and innovative waste management plans."
Faithful+Gould has been a leading force in delivering Private Finance Initiative (PFI) projects across the UK and is able to offer advice throughout the bidding process to get best value for money and potentially save the client millions of pounds.