Bradford council has named Associated Waste Management (AWM) as the preferred bidder for its 12-year residual waste contract – with much of the city’s waste to be sent to the nearby Ferrybridge Multifuel plant.
AWM – which already holds an interim contract with the council for the treatment of residual waste – will process around 150,000 tonnes per year through the new contract, which is expected to be signed by the end of May.
The contract is believed to be worth up to £14 million per year, and has the option for a three year extension. It is expected to commence in late 2017.
AWM already holds several contracts across the region, including a nine-year waste treatment agreement with Calderdale council which was signed in September 2015 (see letsrecycle.com story).
Tim Shapcott, commercial director for AWM, said: “As a local company operating in the region, we are delighted to have been selected as Preferred Bidder for this significant waste contract to treat Bradford’s residual waste.
“Our offer will create added value in generating addition recyclables and green energy in a sustainable way, with very little left to go to landfill.
“We look forward to completing the process and reaching a successful contract award and are prepared to deliver an innovative and cost effective solution to the district.”
Under the contract, much of the waste will be sent to AWM’s 200,000 per year capacity waste facility in Leeds for processing into a waste-derived fuel. The £10 million facility also houses a materials recovery facility (MRF) (see letsrecycle.com story).
Bradford council has also revealed that agreement has been reached for a significant portion of the waste to then be sent to the Ferrybridge 2 Multifuel energy from waste facility in West Yorkshire, currently under development by the energy provider SSE. The £300 million Ferrybridge 2 plant, which is expected to open in 2019, will have the capacity to treat up to 675,000 tonnes of RDF per year (see letsrecycle.com story).
Bradford tendered for the contract in 2015, after plans to build an EfW facility on a site at Bowling Back Lane were abandoned. The project had previously been awarded £62 million in PFI credits by the government, with a consortium led by Skanska appointed to lead the project. But in 2013, the department withdrew its support.
In 2015/16 the council sent close to 17% (39,150 tonnes) of its waste to landfill, whilst 40.5% was sent for energy recovery.
Commenting on the new contract, Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford council’s executive member for environment and sport, said: “This solution will secure a method of treating the residual waste from Bradford for the next 12 years with an option for a further three years, and will lead to an increase in recycling rates as well as a high level of diversion from landfill.”
Steve Hartley, Bradford council’s strategic director of place added: “Constantly increasing landfill tax costs and the harm to the environment by landfilling wastes means that this contract will offer both a more sustainable solution, with demonstrable environmental and climate change benefits, as well as being more cost-effective.”