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BEaR endorses plans for additional waste services as part of tender

The Central Bedfordshire Energy and Recycling Project (BEaR) will now include additional services as part of its waste tender.

Central Bedfordshire Council yesterday (August 17) endorsed plans to offer additional and improved waste management services outside of those outlined in the original tender.

Bidders competing for the main waste treatment contract will now be required to put forward proposals for the following additional waste services:

·         Re-develop the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) at Ampthill, Biggleswade, Leighton Buzzard and re-locate the Dunstable site

·         Provide gritting salt storage barns in strategic locations

·         Provide a waste transfer station so that various types of waste can be bulked up before being sent for treatment

·         Provide for the treatment of organic waste in their main proposal.

BEaR project spokesperson Budge Wells said: “Just upgrading the recycling centres alone offers many benefits, such as convenient drop-off bays without the need for steps, improved recycling performance, easier access and parking and a better customer experience overall.

“The approved services all offer clear benefits and the delivery of an integrated contract will ensure cost savings are made.”

Last month BEaR announced that it had received ten completed pre-qualification questionnaires from various companies all interested in bidding for the contract.

As yet BEaR has been unable to reveal which companies have shown an interest but it did reveal that no information on proposed solutions or sites was requested at this stage.

Outline solutions from all bidders are expected to be submitted by the end of February 2011 with the contract due to be awarded in April 2012.

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