Sixth Fibre Recycling Symposium

7-8 June 2017
Manchester Metropolitan University


Stephen Jenkinson


The Challenge of Taking Fibre out of the Domestic Waste Stream for a Major Urban Conurbation – A Case Study of Greater Manchester.

The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority has a waste management strategy and policies that seek to maximise opportunities for waste segregation, for diversion from landfill, for reducing carbon emissions and for delivering social return on investment (creating waste from wealth). Approximately 10 % or 66,000 tonnes of textiles enter the Greater Manchester Waste Stream every year costing GMWDA c£5 million to process. This presentation with explain the particular challenges of taking textiles out of the waste stream and the approach being taken in Greater Manchester to overcome them, simultaneously cutting costs and developing more sustainable services.


Professor Stephen Jenkinson DSc is Chief Executive Officer of Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Limited, a company established to deliver a 25 year world-leading Recycling and Waste PFI contract for Greater Manchester. This has involved contracting a £631m construction programme to build state-of-the-art facilities across the County enabling the management of municipal waste in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner. Prior to that he was MD of Greater Manchester Waste Limited and Chief Officer of the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority. He sits on numerous UK and international working parties and advisory boards addressing issues relating to sustainable waste management.

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