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Material Change picked as preferred bidder for Essex biowaste

Essex County Council has chosen a partner of Tamar Energy as preferred bidder for a £112m 20-year contract to treat biowaste from Essex and Southend.

A bid by Ipswich-based Material Change proposed sending send household food waste collected by Essex local authorities to an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Halstead, which is being developed by Tamar Energy.

Material Change intends to treat mixed food and garden waste collected from the kerbside into a in-vessel composting facility in Basildon, which is expected to process up to 65,000 tonnes of waste per year. The company will need to apply for planning permission to build the plant.

The facility will be located next to a mechanical biological treatment facility under construction by Urbaser Balfour Beatty.

Ed Bastow, director at Material Change said the project will allow to minimise transport costs.

“We are proud that we can offer a solution whereby the food and mixed food and garden waste produced by local residents is able to be treated locally,” he said.

Roger Walters, Essex County Council cabinet member for waste and recycling, said: “This new contract is good news for residents as it will mean that food waste is managed in a more cost effective and sustainable way, creating renewable energy and contributing to our overall plan for treating waste in the county.”

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