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09 September 2013
Viridor Waste Management and FCC Medio Ambiente SA have successfully reached the final stages of the procurement for the Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian residual waste treatment contract.
Both companies are bidding to win a multi-million pound contract to recycle up to 135,000 tonnes a year of mixed waste collected by the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils which would otherwise end up in landfill sites, using completely new facilities which are to be up and running by the end of 2017.
The contract will help the Councils in their goal of reaching recycling rates of 70% and reducing the amount of waste they send to landfill from around 50% at present to less than 5% by 2025, in line with targets set by the Scottish Government.
Councillor Jim Orr, Environment Vice Convener at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "I welcome the continued progress the Zero Waste Project is making with the potential private sector partners. These facilities will complement the continued efforts to reduce waste in the first place and increase recycling at the kerbside both in Edinburgh and Midlothian, and will allow us to achieve our very ambitious targets."
Councillor Jim Bryant, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Midlothian Council, said: "Continued progress in the Zero Waste Project is important for the recycling and landfill targets of both Councils, and is also the first step in the redevelopment of derelict land at former railway marshalling yards in Midlothian. This has the potential to create new jobs and business opportunities in the area, and I look forward to a successful outcome in the near future."
Following a further series of discussions with the Councils, the two competing bidders will submit final bids early next year and a preferred bidder will be chosen.
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 both the food and residual waste they collect.
FCC Medio Ambiente SA is a consortium including FCC Waste Services (UK) Limited and E.ON Energy from Waste GmbH.
A separate contract has already been signed 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.
Three bidders were invited to submit detailed proposals by July 2013. Their bids have been evaluated and two bidders have been invited to progress to the next stage.
The eventual Preferred Bidder will be required to apply for detailed planning consent for their proposals, which will require a further round of engagement and consultation 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.