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Edinburgh City Council Midlothian

Bidders invited to submit residual waste proposals

04 June 2013

Proposals to secure a dedicated facility for processing household rubbish through the Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian project have taken a step forward.

Three bidders - FCC Medio Ambiente SA, Urbaser and Viridor Waste Management - have been invited to submit detailed proposals by July 2013 for the treatment of mixed, unsorted waste collected by both Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils.

The development follows the recent news that a long-term solution for treating food waste from homes in each of these local authorities has been secured.

Procuring these facilities will add to the efforts of both Councils to increase recycling, with a dramatic reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill and the generation of low-carbon, renewable heat and electricity.

Each bidder must provide detailed information about its proposed pre-treatment facility, which must be located at the project site near Millerhill, in Midlothian. This facility will separate out any remaining marketable recyclables and produce a fuel for an Energy from Waste facility, which can be either onsite at Millerhill or offsite at a location of the bidders' choosing. An Energy from Waste facility would produce heat and electricity from the non-recyclable waste.

Councillor Jim Orr, Environment Vice-Convener at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "The City of Edinburgh Council is committed to pursuing more environmentally-friendly and sustainable ways of dealing with our waste, and I welcome this development.

"We are making great strides in increasing our recycling, but we recognise that a lot more work is needed to reduce the amount of waste that we send to landfill. This project, along with our ongoing efforts at the kerbside, is aimed at eventually reducing the amount of waste which ends up buried in a landfill site from more than 50% to less than 5%."

Councillor Jim Bryant, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Midlothian Council, said: "On top of redeveloping derelict land at former rail marshalling yards in Midlothian, this major project has the potential to deliver substantial economic benefits to the area by creating new jobs and new business opportunities. It also represents the final piece of Midlothian Council's waste and recycling strategy, and I am delighted to see progress being made."

After evaluation of the proposals, the successful bidders will enter into final competitive dialogue with the Zero Waste Project Team. They will then be invited to submit final bids and a Preferred Bidder will be chosen. It is expected that the residual waste treatment contract will be awarded in 2014, with the facilities operational in 2017.


Notes to editors:

Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian is a joint project between the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils to deliver, via private sector partners, dedicated facilities for the treatment of the food and residual waste they collect.

A contract was signed in February 2013 with Alauna Renewable Energy to provide a dedicated food waste treatment facility on behalf of the Councils.

A notice was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) in December 2011 announcing that Zero Waste is seeking to procure residual waste treatment facilities.

Once the Preferred Bidder is appointed, it will be required to apply for detailed planning consent for its proposals, which will involve a further round of engagement with the local community.

Planning Permission in Principle for a range of waste treatment facilities at the project site, near Millerhill in Midlothian was granted in January 2012 by Midlothian Council.

In March 2013, the Councils agreed to offer the bidders a capital contribution towards the cost of providing any treatment facilities built at the Millerhill site. If taken up by the eventual successful bidder and subsequently agreed by the Councils, up to a third of the cost of building these facilities would be injected into the project once they have been up-and-running for at least a year.

In May 2013, the Councils agreed to offer to buy the electricity that will be produced from an Energy from Waste facility. The bidders must consider whether this would give them with an opportunity to provide more competitive proposals for the treatment of the Councils' residual waste.