Terry Bradley, who works for 4Ps — the local government procurement experts who provide advice and guidance to local authorities undertaking projects, procurements or partnerships — will work with the MWDA, alongside director Carl Beer, until March 2006.
Bradley’s five months with the MWDA has been timed to run up to its submission of the Outline Business Case to Government, for funding due in March 2006. In his time with MWDA he will also be charged with recruiting a full-time director of procurement, who will be appointed until 2008, when the MWDA waste contract will come up for renewal.
MWDA chairman councillor John Fletcher said: “We are confident that with his help and the support of a new in-house procurement and project management team that MWDA can work with all the five local councils across the region to deliver value for money, innovative and effective solutions for their waste disposal and new recycling and waste minimisation initiatives.”
Last year Merseyside sent 700,000 tonnes out of its 800,000 tonnes of municipal waste produced, to landfill. In response to these figures, and its need to prevent the region being fined millions of pounds in landfill tax, it has been seeking alternative methods of waste management.
Earlier this year, the MWDA along with the five District councils of Merseyside, consulted the local community as part of the development of a 25-year joint municipal waste strategy. It estimated at the time that implementing a strategy to recycle more waste and reduce the amount going to landfill would cost around £42 million per year by 2014, but if it did nothing costs could cost up to £80 million by the end of the decade.