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Six firms invited to bid for council waste management contract

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 19:38 GMT on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013.

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SIX firms have been selected to move forward onto the next stage in a process which will see a new company sign a residual waste management contract, which will cover five Scottish local authorities, as part of Clyde Valley Residual Waste Project.

The six companies – who are Amey Cespa; Balfour Beatty/Urbaser; Covanta; FCC Waste Services; Neales Waste Management; and Viridor – were invited to bid for the contact on June 11th, with will deliver a residual waste treatment service for around 190,000 tonnes of waste annually, starting by December 2019.

A Clyde Valley approach to waste management was pursued after a review by Sir John Arbuthnott recommended such an approach; a recommendation which led to an agreement between five authorities, comprising of East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire.

A total of 53 companies expressed an interest in the contract when it was advertised in January, with eleven of these submitting responses in March.

The project team, which includes representatives from the five authorities, evaluated the responses and issued an Invitation to Participate in Dialogue to the six companies.

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"This is a significant stage in the contract procurement process, and between now and 6 September we will meet with each bidder to discuss the detail of the contract and how it would be delivered," Gavin Whitefield, Chief Executive of North Lanarkshire Council, the lead authority in the project said.

"Over the next 18 months, we will assess the bidders' submissions and select two companies to proceed to the final stage of the process. We expect to award the contract by August 2015.

"This is a complex and important contract which will deliver waste services for up to 25 years, helping each council to meet recycling targets and reduce our carbon emissions."

Residual waste is the material left after recycling and composting has been carried out, and is currently sent to landfill. There will be a ban on landfill starting in 2020, so the Clyde Valley Waste Management Project will provide an alternative means of processing this waste.

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