Hertfordshire county council has awarded the initial parts of a contract for organic waste treatment and composting services, which could be worth up to £4.6 million.
Among the companies to successfully bid for the work was Biogen, which will provide treatment and haulage for around 10,200 tonnes per annum of garden waste from Dacorum borough council, which serves around 36,000 households.
This is worth around £344,229 per annum over an initial three years with the possibility of a further three-year extension.
Through a separate component of the contract, Biogen will also provide treatment of around 3,100 tonnes per annum of food waste from Broxbourne borough council. This lot is worth around £99,410 per annum for three years with a possible extension.
Food waste from Broxbourne will be sent to the company’s Hoddesdon anaerobic digestion site, while green waste from Dacorum will be managed through Biogen’s network of composting sites.
A third lot for treatment of around 4,400 tonnes per annum of green garden waste from Broxbourne council was awarded to Wiltshire-based Elleteq Ltd. This lot of the contract is worth £119,900 per annum and can also be extended.
Services were previously provided by Elleteq Ltd and Agrivert.
A fourth lot of the contract for treatment of green garden waste from Three Rivers district council, estimated as being valued at around £200,181 per annum over three years, has yet to be awarded.
The contract was awarded by Hertfordshire county council – the waste disposal authority responsible for arranging for the disposal of all waste collected by 10 waste collection authorities (WCAs) in Hertfordshire. The council currently pays bulking, loading, haulage costs and the gate fee for the processing of green garden waste.
When contacted by letsrecycle.com, a spokesperson for Hertfordshire county council said the contract was procured “to drive improvements in recycling and to try and ensure consistency in recycling across the county”.
“The award of this contract demonstrates Biogen’s ability to offer our customers an integrated organic waste recycling service through our network of AD and composting sites.”Iain Pickles
Commenting on Biogen’s success in bidding for parts of the contract, Iain Pickles, head of sales at the organic waste treatment firm, said: “The award of this contract demonstrates Biogen’s ability to offer our customers an integrated organic waste recycling service through our network of AD and composting sites. We are looking forward to working with Hertfordshire over the next three years, in partnership with both Broxbourne and Dacorum.”
Biogen, a portfolio company of infrastructure investment manager Ancala Partners LLP, has undergone expansion in recent times with a number of acquisitions. These aquisitions include Tamar Energy (see letsrecycle.com story) and a 1.5MW AD facility in Edinburgh from Kelda Water Services (see letsrecycle.com story) in 2018.