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18 October 2011 | Angeline Albert
The PFI project, which is the first joint purchasing
deal between the two local authorities, covers the management of municipal waste
from the Bradford and Calderdale authorities for the next 25 years. The contract
would start in 2016, with the two bidding consortiums having committed to the
construction of a waste treatment plant on a site in Bradford beforehand.
The 3SE consortium is made up of Shanks and
Scottish & Southern Energy. The other bid is made up of a consortium involving
Waste Recycling Group, Skanska and AECOM.
The councils decided to collaborate on the
procurement in order to pool investment to make the project viable, and create
greater economies of scale and, it is hoped, efficiencies. It will also mean
more materials are recycled and waste is diverted from landfill, to produce a
cleaner environment and avoid landfill taxes.
A report to be considered by Bradford’s
environment scrutiny committee today will discuss the impact of the project,
its timelines and full details of each proposal. The winning bidder will have
to deal with 193,000 tonnes of waste a year.
A preferred bidder is expected to be
recommended to the councils’ joint committee on 10 November. The final decision
will be made at meetings to coincide with the full council meetings of each
local authority scheduled in December.
Khaliq, executive member for environment and sustainability, at the City of
Bradford said: “Bradford and Calderdale are working together to save money and
develop an efficient and sustainable waste solution. We will make sure that the
design, location and construction of any waste treatment facility will take
into account the quality of life for local residents.”