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AWM signs £165m contract with Bradford

Leeds-based Associated Waste Management (AWM) has signed a 15-year deal for local authority recycling and energy recovery with Bradford Metropolitan District Council worth £165m.

The contract, which has the possibility of a three-year extension, will begin on 1 April 2018.

Bradford issued the tender for a waste management service contract in April 2016 because, two years earlier, Defra withdrew £62m in PFI credits, which effectively killed off a proposed partnership with Calderdale Council.

At the heart of the deal is a new MRF in south Leeds, which will process the 150,000 tonnes a year from Bradford, and a partnership for thermal off-take with SSE at FM2, Ferrybridge in 2019.

The project for the 200,000sq ft MRF was led by AWM managing director John Brooksbank (pictured). It was commissioned on 14 February, and will treat and recover recyclable materials from the Bradford area and produce refuse-derived fuel.

AWM already supplies FM1 at Ferrybridge and the new supply agreement is for 150,000 tonnes a year for up to 15 years.

Tim Shapcott, who led the AWM bid team, said: “This contract demonstrates our dedication to provide Bradford council with a market-leading solution to treating the district’s waste. On behalf of the whole team at AWM, John [Brooksbank] is delighted to have signed the contract and to be continuing our relationship with Bradford.

“We’re proud that our business has competed against other regional, national and international organisations providing a solution that will deliver.”

AWM has a turnover of more than £50m and employs 360 staff across 10 sites.

Bradford’s recycling performance:

bradford metropolitan

*Waste collection authorities in England

*Waste collection authorities in England

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