Four companies have been shortlisted for the procurement of facilities to treat food waste from Edinburgh and Midlothian councils
From the initial 14 bidders who completed pre-qualification questionnaires, AmeyCespa, Kelda Water Services, Shanks and Viridor Waste Management were shortlisted.
According to the councils, a preferred site near Millerhill in Midlothian has already been purchased and an application for planning permission in principle for a 30,000 tonne a year AD plant was submitted earlier in 2011.
Midlothian Council cabinet member for strategic services councillor Russell Imrie said: “Now the early stages of the food waste treatment procurement are complete four bidders have been invited to take part in competitive dialogue. The project team can now focus on the detail of how each bidder suggests they can help deliver our goal of a Zero Waste Edinburgh and Midlothian.”
The councils expect to award the contract by the end of 2012 and that the new facilities would be in operation before 2015.