Yorkshire authorities collaborate on waste deal

18 October 2011

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18 October 2011 | Angeline Albert

Cityof Bradford Metropolitan District Council and Calderdale Council are set to name the preferred bidder for a joint waste treatment deal by the end of 2011.

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.

Councillor Ghazanfer 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.”

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