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AWM to sign Bradford contract

Associated Waste Management (AWM) has been revealed as the preferred bidder for Bradford Metropolitan District Council’s £165m waste treatment contract.

The bidding process started last year, with 11 companies submitting tenders. The company said it would sign the full contract in June.

AWM was told in April it had been successful in its application to treat around 150,000 tonnes a year of residual municipal waste.

The company will use a £17.5m MRF in south Leeds to process the waste. The facility currently deals with more than 550,000 tonnes a year of waste.

AWM has expanded into the refuse-derived fuel market in recent years, and entered into a partnership with the Ferrybridge Multifuel energy-from-waste plant.

Around 25% of capacity at Ferrybridge is being reserved to deal with Bradford’s waste.

Tim Shapcott, AWM business development director, said: “Signing of the latest contract will hopefully take place in June, helping to pave the way for us to break ground into new engineered fuel markets to compete in the renewables sector both in the UK and overseas.”

AWM said the contract, which is for 12 years, is one of the largest by an independent contractor aside from PFI deals.

Bradford’s recycling rate dropped by 11% last year.

The council was forced to tender the waste contract after Defra withdrew £62m in PFI credits in 2014, which led to a proposed partnership with Calderdale Council falling through.


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