Calderdale Council is to begin the procurement process for waste collection and waste treatment contracts.
The council made the decision at a cabinet meeting, where it was agreed that the process should “move forward”.
Calderdale had previously planned to build a joint waste treatment facility with neighbouring Bradford Council, but that scheme collapsed when Defra withdrew PFI funding. The two councils halted a judicial review into Defra’s decision in January, believing it was not in the public interest to carry on the challenge.
Calderdale’s current contracts for waste collection and waste treatment are both due to expire in the next two years.
Sita has been responsible for the collection contract since 2008 while the treatment contract is currently handled by WHO.
The council said that the new contract would “involve a lesser degree of change” but said it was “essential” that the new service contains a “fast, reliable waste management and disposal system” as the current arrangements have limited space.
Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for economy and environment, Barry Collins, left, said: “The time has come where we need to look at the future of waste services in Calderdale.
“This is an issue which affects every household in the borough, so it’s important that we get it right.
“We’re starting this process now, so we can take time assessing all of the information and considering a number of options before making a decision.”