Waste management set to change in city

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The way our waste is dealt with could be set to change.

Milton Keynes Council has today announced a shortlist of two companies from the waste industry which are aiming to design, build and operate a residual waste treatment facility to deal with the authority’s residual or “black sack” waste.

The contract, which involves the development of a treatment facility with a capacity to meet the needs of Milton Keynes, will run for an operational period of between ten and 15 years.

The new facilities are expected to divert black sack waste from environmentally damaging and increasingly expensive landfill sites, optimise recycling and then use what remains to generate renewable energy.

The two companies shortlisted are AmeyCespa and FCC working with WRG .

The new facilities are to be built on a site already owned by the council at Dickens Road, Old Wolverton.

Both companies shortlisted are offering solutions which comply with the council’s “no mass burn” incineration policy, treating waste as a valuable resource and driving it up the waste hierarchy.

Andy Hudson, the council’s Head of Environment and Waste, commented: “We are very excited to be entering into this final phase before selecting our preferred partner.

“Both bidders have a wealth of experience to draw upon, both here in the UK and in Europe, to develop an excellent solution to meet the needs of Milton Keynes.”

As part of the competitive dialogue process being employed, both companies will now be invited to develop solutions for final submission in the summer.

It is anticipated that the preferred bidder will then be selected in September 2012. The new facility is expected to take three years to gain planning permission, complete construction and be in full operation by April 2016.