Merseyside enters final stages for 3bn pound waste contracts

Friday, January 1, 2010

Elected Members of Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) have moved the choice of new contractors for its £3 billion waste contracts into the final stages at the Authority’s Annual General Meeting (27th June 2008).

The two new contracts consist of:

A Waste Management and Recycling Contract to manage all of Merseyside and Halton’s existing Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs), Transfer Stations, Material Recycling Facilities, and provide new facilities to increase the level of recycling.
A Resource and Recovery (PFI) Contract to manage energy from residual waste (i.e. waste which hasn’t been recycled).
The Authority is procuring both the new contracts using the European Procurement rules, Competitive Dialogue process.
The final bidders for the Waste Management and Recycling Contracts are: SITA UK Ltd  and Veolia.  These bidders will now be asked to present the Authority with Final Tenders.  The Authority expects Final Tenders to be submitted and the contract awarded in April 2009. 

The final bidders for the Resource and Recovery Contract are: SITA UK Ltd, Covanta, Shanks Group plc and Resource From Waste Alliance (United Utilities Contract Solutions, Land Securities, Trillium). These companies will now be asked to submit Detailed Solutions to the Authority as part of the Competive Dialogue stage of the Procurement, for evaluation.  These will be submitted to the Authority and further evaluation will take place.  It expected that this contract will reach Call for Final Tenders in August 2009 and the contract award is expected in January 2010.

Councillor Kevin Cluskey, Chairperson of the Waste Disposal Authority said,” The Authority is very pleased with the progress of both contracts and the quality of the proposals that are being brought forward. We are confident that the next stages of the process will result in cost-effective and sustainable solutions to Merseyside and Halton’s future waste and recycling needs.”

MWDA has been awarded £90M in Private Finance Initiative funding by the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to help deliver the new waste facilities and contracts for the Merseyside and Halton area and aims to increase recycling performance levels to above 40% by 2020. The area currently sends over 70% of its waste to landfill although recycling levels are increasing and are expected to reach around 30% in 2007/2008.