Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire County Councils have revealed the 10 companies bidding for the jointly procured waste private finance initiative contract named Project Reuse.
The 10 bidders are:
- Biffa Waste Services
- Covanta Energy
- Greenstar E.ON Energy from Waste
- MVV Umwelt GmbH
- Resources from Waste
- Shanks Group
- Urbaser SA
- Waste Recycling Group.
The bidders will start discussions with the councils in the next few weeks to outline how they intend to design, build and operate the waste treatment and disposal facilities to handle 400,000 tonnes of municipal waste per annum through to 2035.
Milton Keynes Council Environment, Planning and Growth cabinet member Mike Galloway said: The councils already work hard to minimise waste and both authorities exceed national targets for recycling and composting. However, predicted housing growth over the next twenty years will mean an increase in the amount of waste generated and we must find more sustainable ways of dealing with it.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has awarded the councils £138 million in PFI credits to fund the project. The contract will run for a minimum of 25 years.
Northamptonshire County Council Environment, Growth and Transport cabinet member Heather Smith said: Our aim is to divert as much waste as possible away from landfill and this is one of the first steps towards that goal.
New facilities are expected to be in place by 2013/14.