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Milton Keynes Council revives residual waste treatment contract

Milton Keynes Council is seeking bids for a new residual waste treatment contract, following the withdrawal of PFI credits and the subsequent closure of “Project Reduce”.

The council is seeking a contract for the design, building and operation of its residual waste treatment facility for between 74,000 and 80,000 tonnes of residual municipal solid waste in the coming years, and will only consider solutions that provide additional resources such as heat, or electricity.

Council head of environment and waste Andy Hudson said: “Milton Keynes Council has a strong recycling record and wants to build on this by driving residual waste up the waste hierarchy. We also have a non mass burn incineration policy which requires that waste is pre-treated to recover valuable resources and prior to generating renewable energy.”

The contract for the operation of the facility is expected to last for ten years, but the council has said that it will explore options to amend the contract to provide value for money. The new facilities are expected to be complete in April 2016.

The council is looking to procure facilities on its own, following the closure of the waste PFI project known as “Project Reduce” which was being procured with Northamptonshire County Council.

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