Milton Keynes Council and Northamptonshire County Council have announced a shortlist of bidders for their waste private finance initiative contract.
The four bidders are:
- Biffa Waste Services;
- Covanta Energy;
- Shanks Wheelabrator Consortium;
- Waste Recycling Group.
The news follows the submission of outline solutions by bidders last summer to Project Reduce, a joint venture between Milton Keynes Council and Northamptonshire County Council.
The four waste firms are being invited to submit detailed solutions for the contract to provide residual waste facilities in Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire.
Northamptonshire County Council Environment, Growth and Transport cabinet member Heather Smith said: Retaining the current form of managing waste in Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire is simply not a viable option. We would be looking at ever increasing landfill bills which would in turn lead to a sharp rise in council tax. We look forward to receiving more detail on the solutions the short-listed companies are proposing. Decisions will be made taking into account both environmental and financial considerations, so that we get the best outcome for residents of both areas.
Milton Keynes Council Environment, Planning and Growth cabinet member Mike Galloway said: We have had an enormous amount of interest in Project Reduce from some strong companies throughout the bidding process so far. We want to work in partnership to reduce our reliance on landfill. Although both councils already exceed national targets for recycling and composting, we still need to find an affordable and more sustainable option for managing black bag waste in
Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire for the next 25 to 30 years.
The next stage of discussions with bidders will be held through a competitive dialogue process and will take approximately eighteen months.
The contract is expected to runs for 25 years and the bidders have to put forward a range of technology ideas, but no final decisions have been made on what will be chosen.
New facilities are expected to be in place by 2014.