Four companies have been shortlisted for the Bedfordshire Energy and Recycling (BEaR) project.
Central Bedfordshire Council has invited Covanta, New Earth Solutions, Veolia and Viridor to develop and submit detailed proposals on how they would tackle the area’s waste.
The companies have been asked to provide a solution to treat residual waste and organic waste in the area, redevelop household waste recycling centres at four sites and provide gritting salt storage barns in strategic locations.
Waste Recycling Group, AmeyCespa consortium and Interserve Investments, which were on the long-list announced in October last year, are now out of the running.
Council deputy executive member for sustainable communities services Budge Wells said: “There is still some way to go before we reach a final decision. To allow for a thorough and objective assessment of all the options open to us, we are retaining a neutral view regarding particular technologies or sites for the moment.
“It is therefore pleasing to note that we have a wide range of technologies proposed including mechanical biological treatment, in-vessel composting, anaerobic digestion, windrow composting and energy-from-waste.”
The preferred bidder is expected to be announced in summer 2012.