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Peterborough council invites new bidders for two waste infrastructure projects

Peterborough city council has invited two new waste management firms to bid for the design and construction of an energy from waste (EfW) and materials recycling facility (MRF) after one of the original bidders for both projects withdrew.

Original bidder Shanks withdrew from both bids before it was formally invited into the ‘competitive dialogue process’ due to other commercial commitments.

Peterborough City Council’s commitment to invite three bidders for each project means that the replacement bids will come from Community Waste – which will bid against Greenstar and Viridor for the MRF contract – and Biffa, which will compete with Kier and Viridor for the council’s EfW contract. However, there has been no formal decision from Peterborough City Council over which specific technology the EfW facility will employ.

A council spokesman told MRW: “Peterborough council has decided not to be prescriptive over one technology” and that it would be up to the three bidders to recommend options, providing that the facility generates both electricity and heat from waste.

The construction of the two waste facilities comes as part of Peterborough City Council’s vision for an ‘integrated waste management system’ which will see the two projects built on council-owned sites in Fengate and allow the recycling and composting  of more than 65 per cent of household and garden waste, as well as increasing diversion of waste from landfill.

Peterborough City Council deputy leader Matthew Lee said: “The city council is looking forward to discussing bidders’ proposals for these key infrastructure projects, which are part of our overall plans to provide residents with effective waste management arrangements and for Peterborough to be recognised as the UK’s environment capital.”

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