W Carl Beer, chief executive of MWDA
, said: "There were diffiWDA, said: "There were diffiW -culties in finding a site with suitable planning consent on Merseyside.
"This cash should be used to reduce bills, improve services or keep council taxes down." MWDA
chairman Cllr Graham Morgan said the PS28.9m would be used for a Waste Development Fund.
Covanta is asking for MWDA
to be required not to enter into a contract with SITA without further opportunity for tenders to be submitted.
Chairperson of MWDA
, Cllr Joe DeAsha, said: "Just three years ago, the amount of waste going to landfill per household was 854 kilograms - so we've had a drop of 161 kilograms.
chair Cllr Graham Morgan said: "Signing this contract today puts in place a sustainable waste management solution for the next 30 years.
The case was to be heard next year, but Covanta and MWDA
have just reached an "amicable settlement", which puts the massive scheme back on track - and clears the way for 225 jobs to be created on Teesside and 25 on Merseyside.
Cllr Joe De'Asha, chairman of MWDA
, said: "Millions of pounds are being tipped down the drain every year as a direct result of pouring cooking oil into the sink.
says it will be "vigorously defending" the claim brought against it and intends in due course to recover legal costs of defending the claim from Covanta.
Carl Beer, MWDA
Chief Executive, said: "We spent much of the summer targeting families at various food festivals around the region and we're stepping up our efforts to drive home some vital recycling messages over half term by targeting Liverpool One shoppers."
Covanta claims the procurement process run by Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA
) was legally flawed and its bid would bring significantly more economic benefit to the region.