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Councillor Nigel Murphy Reappointed Chair of GMWDA

Labour Member for Manchester City Council, Councillor Nigel Murphy, has been unanimously reappointed as the Chair of Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA).

The appointment was announced at the Authority’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday 12th June 2017.

Councillor Nigel Murphy became a Member of the Authority in 2007 and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in waste and recycling, previously holding the roles of Vice Chair of the Authority and Chair of the Waste Management Committee. Councillor Murphy is also the Executive Member for Neighbourhoods at Manchester City Council and a Member of the Executive; the main decision making body of the Council. His portfolio includes responsibility for crime and community safety, licensing policy, neighbourhood management including waste strategy and collection and public sector reform (reforming justice).

As Chair of the GMWDA, Councillor Murphy’s role is to oversee the Authority’s decision-making process and the strategic and corporate management functions. In addition, over the next 12 months Councillor Murphy will also lead the process of merging the GMWDA into the wider GMCA, focusing on a smooth transition.

Speaking about his role, Councillor Murphy said:

“I am delighted to have been reappointed as the Chair of GMWDA and look forward to continuing to build on the successful work of the Authority. This is a challenging time and we have ambitious targets to reach, including achieving 60% recycling by 2025. We will continue to work closely with our nine district Councils, partner organisations and the residents of Greater Manchester, to deliver outstanding environmentally sustainable waste management facilities and services. We encourage the involvement of community groups and schools through our Education Centres and inspire residents to recycle correctly through innovative recycling campaigns.”

In 2015/16 the recycling rate, as verified by the Environment Agency, for Greater Manchester was 44%.

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