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03 December 2014
The preferred bidder to build a state-of-the-art resource for processing household rubbish has been announced by Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian.
FCC Medio Ambiente SA (FCC) has won the competition to design, construct, finance and operate the facility, which will be fuelled by waste collected by both councils that would otherwise go to landfill.
The joint Zero Waste partners aim to sign the 25-year contract in 2015, with FCC operating on site by 2018. This will be alongside a food waste treatment plant which is currently under construction on the Zero Waste Parc next to the Millerhill Marshalling Yard in Midlothian. The contract to process up to 135,000 tonnes of mixed waste annually will provide a long-term, competitively priced solution for the recovery of value from the landfill waste collected by City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils.
It is hoped the project to treat both food and landfill waste on the site, creating renewable energy in the process, will help both authorities reach the national recycling target of 70% by 2025 and the national landfill diversion target of 95% by 2025.
Councillor Lesley Hinds, Environment Convener for City of Edinburgh Council, said: "This is a key part of our long term strategy on the journey to a zero waste future. Our priority is to encourage the public to cut down on waste and to fully engage in recycling. This facility will ensure that any waste remaining after recyclable materials have been separated out will be treated as a resource and no longer disposed of in a landfill site."
Councillor Jim Bryant, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Midlothian Council, said: "FCC's proposal offers a local solution that will benefit both partner councils equally. I am delighted with the economic benefits and opportunities which the regeneration of this brownfield site presents and I will be particularly keen to see FCC develop a local heat network that can link into some of the other exciting projects that are set to transform this area."
The details of the agreement are now being worked up with a view to signing the contract by the middle of next year.
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.
Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) provides regular support and advice to the Zero Waste Project Team on procurement matters. An SFT representative also sits on the Zero Waste Project Board in an advisory, non-voting capacity.
A notice was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) in December 2011 announcing that Zero Waste was seeking to procure facilities to treat residual waste.
In May 2012, four bidders - FCC Medio Ambiente, Urbaser, Viridor Waste Management and Veolia - were invited to take part in competitive dialogue and submit detailed tenders for the residual waste contract, following which FCC and Viridor Waste Management Ltd were down-selected in September 2013 to take part in the final stages of the procurement. Both bidders submitted their final tenders on 8 October 2014 in response to a call for final tenders issued on 11 September 2014.
FCC Environment is one of the UK's leading waste and resource management companies with more than 200 locations around the country. It now specialises in minimising the amount of waste that ends up in landfill by transforming it into valuable resources wherever possible and generating green energy.
Planning Permission in Principle (PPiP) was granted in December 2011 for a range of waste treatment facilities on the project site near Millerhill in Midlothian. FCC will now hold a series of public engagement events in the local area before submitting a detailed Planning Application for its residual waste treatment facility.