Cheshire West and Chester council has been recommended to prefer FCC Environment over Viridor for an eight-year residual waste contract.
A report from the council director for localities says FCC would deliver waste to a new site FCC will build in Ellesmere Port, where metals and fines are separated and shredded to produce refused derived fuel (RDF).
The RDF and residual waste would be transported to a multi-fuel energy-from-waste facility at Ferrybridge, which Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) and Wheelabrator Technologies are expected to complete by early 2015.
Until the EfW plant is operational, residual waste would continue to be sent to FCC’s landfill sites at Gowy and Maw Green.
The report said that FCC would deliver significant savings compared to an existing landfill contract, while the proposal submitted by Viridor would provide no savings compared to the current contract.
FCC also guaranteed to divert over 81% of residual waste from landfill from the second year of the contract and would use a third party EfW plant, so there would be no need for a new dedicated facility.
The council’s executive will be asked to formally endorse the recommendation on 6 November.