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Early interest in Bradford’s £165m contract

Interest has been shown in a 12-year £165m waste management service contract for a local authority in West Yorkshire.

The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council issued the tender on 6 April after a public finance initiative (PFI) development fell through in 2014.

Its proposed partnership with Calderdale Council was scuppered when Defra withdrew PFI credits of £62m for the 25-year contract.

Its new deal, which includes a possible three-year extension, is for the collection of mostly residual kerbside waste and treatment in energy-from-waste facilities.

Bradford hopes to reduce reliance on landfill enough to meet its diversion targets, and to capture recyclates and compost from the residual waste stream.

Richard Longcake, principal waste management officer, said: “Although it is still early days, following the publication of our OJEU notice, there have been a number of enquiries about this contract.”

He said the council’s objectives were to find an affordable service that provides a positive carbon or climate change impact.

The deadline for tenders is 3 May.

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