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Greater Manchester changes tack on composting procurement

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is looking to procure a framework contract of operators to run its in-vessel composting (IVC) treatment in response to a Government proposal to introduce mandatory food waste collections by 2023.

The authority has placed a tender advertisement in the Official Journal of the European Union and will hold a supplier briefing in Manchester on 17 January. It is looking for operators that can receive 125,000 tonnes a year of mixed food and garden waste for treatment and recycling.

It is currently re-procuring its waste services wholesale, necessitated by the ending of its PFI deal with Viridor Laing. This process has been running during the past year and will conclude in February.

The initial bio-waste lot issued under the re-procurement has now been withdrawn in favour of a more flexible arrangement.

The GMCA said it abandoned the original lot due to “continued uncertainty over the national resources and waste strategy”. It currently collects food and garden waste in one bin, which is sent for IVC.

It will need this until 2023 if the Government proceeds with its intention to mandate separate food waste collections. It is assumed that most food waste will go to anaerobic digestion rather than composting.

The authority at present owns its IVCs but wants a framework of contractors to run them. This is because procuring a single contractor would require a seven-year deal, which would not be economic assuming separate food collections are mandated from 2023.




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