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In-depth talks with Donarbon for Cambridgeshire waste PFI project

Cambridgeshire County Council has announced it will enter a period of negotiation with local waste management company Donarbon — in respect of its Waste PFI project.

After three months of in-depth bids, the council has announced it currently favours Donarbon over Shanks and Waste Recycling Group.

The council has however said that Donarbon has not been appointed as Preferred Bidder, and the other two bidders have not been ruled out.

Donarbon is proposing a new Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) facility for treating residual waste at its site near Waterbeach, as well as in-vessel composting for kerbside-collected kitchen and garden waste, and additional recycling at the county’s network of household waste recycling centres.

Cambridgeshire already tops recycling league tables and is a Beacon Council with its district partners for waste and recycling. Yet it still spends about £7 million a year on landfilling waste that cannot be treated.

Councillor John Reynolds said: “Waste treatment technologies also have a part to play in reducing the use of landfill as well as preventing Cambridgeshire being fined by Government for exceeding its targets. We look forward to talking to Donarbon and exploring a number of issues associated with their proposals.”

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