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Manchester waste tender set for next month

Manchester’s regional waste contract is to be re-procured next month following cancellation of the PFI contract by the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA).

Ownership of the Viridor John Laing PFI joint venture passed formally to GMWDA on 29 September following negotiations over compensation and the terms of the takeover, for which GMWDA paid £1.

The authority has issued a procurement prior information notice ahead of the formal OJEU notice scheduled for November, which will include residual waste management services, household waste recycling and transfer services, bio-waste management services and all associated works.

The scope of the procurement includes:

  • five residual waste sites
  • 20 household waste recycling centres
  • eight transfer loading stations
  • Bolton thermal recovery facility
  • MRF
  • bio-waste facilities
  • production of refuse-derived fuel
  • rail transport and supply to Runcorn thermal power station

In addition to waste management, the contract’s scope will include a number of construction jobs.

The GMWDA said the new contract is likely to be split across three lots when it is launched on 7 November and Viridor has said it has registered an interest.

The procurement will be available through GMWDA’s online tendering platform. Interested parties are encouraged to register in advance of the formal process at:

A briefing session to outline the authority’s plans, detail the scope and the procurement process with timescales and submission requirements is being held on 2 November at Manchester Art Gallery. Those wanting to attend the session have to register by Wednesday 25 October.

The GMWDA provides recycling and waste disposal services for more than one million households in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford. It handles around 4% of England’s waste.

Refinancing arrangements after ending the PFI is said to have secured reduced rates, giving savings of £20m a year, while changes to existing facilities are expected to generate further savings.

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