Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council have identified seven organisations which could help the county dramatically reduce the amount of rubbish it sends to landfill from 2015.
The two councils, which make up the Essex Waste Management Partnership, are committed to delivering new and innovative ways of tackling non-recyclable waste. The partnership was recently provisionally awarded £100M to improve the way waste is treated in Essex by developing new facilities and reducing the amount being sent to landfill.
In the future, non-recyclable waste could be treated through a technology known as Mechanical Biological Treatment. This sorts and treats much of the biodegradable waste which is not currently recycled, producing less methane and lowering the impact on the environment.
“The level of interest from companies wanting to provide a sustainable solution for dealing with our waste is very encouraging.”
Ian Robertson, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
The shortlisted organisations in the running for the waste treatment contract are Biffa Waste Services Ltd, Shanks Group plc, Skanska Infrastructure Development Ltd, United Utilities plc, Urbaser SA, Veolia ES Aurora Ltd and VT Group plc.
Cabinet member for environment and waste Tracey Chapman said: “We are delighted at the quality of the companies that have been shortlisted and have confidence that the successful bidder will be able to deliver a sustainable solution to dealing with waste generated in Essex and Southend.”
We need to increase the amount of waste we are recycling and I am confident that by working with the industry experts we can benefit both the environment and tax-payers pockets.”
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council executive councillor for public protection Ian Robertson said: “The level of interest from companies wanting to provide Essex and Southend with a sustainable solution for dealing with our waste is very encouraging.”