Two firms are in the final stages of their submissions as they compete to win the contract to operate a £145m energy from waste (EfW) facility based in Lincolnshire.
Shanks Waste Solutions/Wheelabrator Technologies Inc and Waste Recycling Group (WRG) are the remaining two bidders in the process which initially started with 11 companies all competing for the contract. A final decision on which company will be chosen is expected in September.
The site at North Hykeham is being developed in an attempt to divert 150,000tonnes of municipal waste from landfill.
Lincolnshire County Council head of environmental management Sean Kent said: “”We are looking for the organisation that will most effectively help us divert non-recyclable waste from landfill to avoid multi-million pound fines, while generating electricity for sale to the national grid.
“The winner will have put forward the best overall solution, scoring points on multiple factors including cost and operational effectiveness.”
However, the plans have proved unpopular with anti-incineration activists who believe there are better ways to deal with the waste than burning it.