Four bidders have successfully made it through to the next stage of the South London Waste Partnerships procurement process.
Resources from Waste, Viridor, Veoila and Waste Recycling Group have all made it through to the Invitation to Submit Detailed Solutions stage of the process.
After thorough evaluations of the detailed solutions proposed two of these four will be chosen to submit final tenders in January 2011 with the contract being awarded to the successful bidder in May 2011.
SLWP is a joint initiative between four London borough councils, Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton, to deal with 200,000 tonnes of household waste that is generated by its residents and is currently sent to landfill every year.
SLWP joint committee chair Colin Hall said: There are environmental and financial reasons why we cannot continue to bury this waste in landfill.
We must do something more innovative and sustainable with it and thats what this latest contract is all about: Putting in place modern and technically-advanced waste treatment facilities that will come into operation in 2014 and allow us to finally end our reliance on landfill.
Strict procurement rules mean that the SLWP must remain technology-neutral during the tendering process.
SLWP is also currently in the process of identifying sites across the four boroughs that are suitable for waste management purposes as an estimated 20 hectares of land will be needed to accommodate the new facilities.