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MBT contract for Essex

The consortium of Urbaser and Balfour Beatty has been chosen as the preferred bidder to treat household residual waste, trade waste collected by local authorities, street sweepings, and all non-recyclable waste from household recycling centres across Essex.

The joint contract from Essex County and Southend Borough councils for their Basildon MBT facility will be capable of treating up to 417,000 tonnes of municipal waste a year and will create up to 250 construction jobs and 87 full-time jobs when complete.

County councillor Kevin Bentley, cabinet member for economic development and waste said: “Following a thorough evaluation process, we are confident that the proposal from Urbaser and Balfour Beatty will enable Essex and Southend to achieve a sustainable waste management solution which is affordable and environmentally acceptable.”

Urbaser Balfour Beatty’s bid director Tom Meacock said the consortium looks forward to meeting local residents, businesses and community groups to ensure the “facility is something the people of Essex will be proud of.”

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