Project Reduce, the partnership between Milton Keynes Council and Northamptonshire County Council, has today announced that it intends to go forward with three bidders and to deselect Biffa from the procurement process.
The decision was made at a meeting of the Joint Waste Disposal Committee on 19 August following detailed evaluation of the submissions from all four bidders. The bids were evaluated against strict technical, legal, financial, environmental and societal criteria in order to reach the decision on which bidders to take forward.
The three remaining bidders for the 25-year contract are:
· Covanta Energy
· Shanks Group/Wheelabrator Technologies
· Waste Recycling Group
Project Reduce has said it is open to solutions that include a variety of methods of treatment and disposal of waste.
Milton Keynes Council cabinet member for environment, planning and growth Mike Galloway said: “This project is a landmark investment by both authorities for all their residents. Landfill is unsustainable both economically and environmentally, and we are planning for our future with the important decisions that are being made today.”
The contract is for dealing with all the residual waste generated by the two areas. The project has provisionally been awarded £138m of PFI credits.
The next announcement regarding the project is expected in November, when the two final bidders will be selected and the preferred bidder will be announced in July 2011.