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Edinburgh City Council Midlothian

Food waste procurement close to finishing line

13 July 2012

The remaining bidders for the food waste contract for Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian have now been invited to submit their final bids.

A Call for Final Refined Tenders (CFRT) has been issued today (13 July 2012) to both Alauna Renewable Energy Ltd and Viridor Waste Management Ltd.  

Once the bids have been assessed, a preferred bidder is expected to be appointed in October. Towards the end of the year Zero Waste hopes to be in a position to announce a contract has been awarded.

Gordon Pollock, Project Director for Zero Waste said: "Dialogue with the two remaining bidders has been ongoing since they were down-selected in February. Discussions have been very productive and I am looking forward to receiving their final bids."

The separate procurement for the residual waste contract is ongoing. Dialogue with the remaining bidders is underway and will continue over the next few months before an Invitation to Submit Detailed Tenders (ISDT) is issued to the bidders later in the year.


Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian is a joint project between the City of Edinburgh Council and Midlothian Council, and will with private sector partners deliver state of the art food and residual waste treatment facilities for Edinburgh and Midlothian.

A notice was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) in February 2011 announcing that Zero Waste is seeking to procure Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facilities to treat food waste.

In May 2011, four bidders - AmeyCespa, Alauna Renewable Energy Ltd, Shanks and Viridor Waste Management Ltd - were invited to take part in competitive dialogue and submit detailed tenders for the food waste contract, following which Alauna Renewable Energy Ltd and Viridor Waste Management Ltd were down-selected to take part in the final stages of the procurement.