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Edinburgh City Council Midlothian

Residual Waste Bidders Shortlisted

29 March 2012

Four bidders have been shortlisted by Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian to take part in a procurement process to determine which of them will provide facilities to treat residual (mixed) waste collected by the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils from 2017.

FCC Medio Ambiente S.A., Urbaser, Veolia ES Aurora Ltd and Viridor Waste Management Services Ltd have been invited to participate in competitive dialogue after submitting successful Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQs).

The contract will deliver a modern waste treatment service that will recover value from the residual waste by separating out any materials that can be recycled and by producing energy from the remainder.

Bidders are free to propose a range of technologies. However, reception and initial treatment facilities must be provided at the Zero Waste Project site near Millerhill, in Midlothian. Secondary thermal treatment may be proposed at other sites.

Gordon Pollock, Project Director for Zero Waste, said: "We are delighted to move to the next stage of the procurement process for state of the art residual waste treatment facilities. We can now engage with the bidders in more detail to ensure we get the best possible long-term solutions for Edinburgh and Midlothian."

Christa Reekie, Commercial Director at the Scottish Futures Trust, which is represented on the Zero Waste Project Board, said: "The Zero Waste Project is making excellent progress and we are pleased to support this procurement process which aims to deliver real long-term value for money for the Councils."

The bidders will now enter into competitive dialogue with the Zero Waste Project Team and will be invited to submit detailed tenders by the end of the year. A further down-selection is likely to take place before the remaining bidders are invited to submit final tenders, following which 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.

A separate process for food waste treatment facilities is in the final stages of procurement. Two bidders have been invited to submit final tenders by the summer of this year, with facilities operational in 2015.


For further information, please contact Andy Archibald, Zero Waste Communications Manager on 0131 529 7856 /  07785 542 138 /

Notes to editors:

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 December 2011 announcing that Zero Waste is seeking to procure residual waste treatment facilities.

Planning Permission in Principle for a range of waste treatment facilities at the Project site, near Millerhill in Midlothian was granted in December 2011 by Midlothian Council.

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

Eight PQQs for the residual contract were received by the Project Team in February after over 40 organisations had expressed an interest in the Project since the procurement process began in July 2011.