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Three bidders progress in residual waste contract negotiations

September 28, 2010

Three waste treatment companies have made it through to the next stage of the South London Waste Partnership’s procurement process.

WRG, Veolia and Viridor have been invited to further ‘refine’ their proposals of how they would treat up to 200,000 tonnes of residual household waste every year that would otherwise be destined for landfill.  Strict procurement rules mean that the details of each bid must remain confidential while the ‘competitive dialogue’ procurement process is ongoing.

The South London Waste Partnership is made up of four local councils (Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton) who are working together to provide improved, sustainable and more cost-effective waste management services to their residents.

The most effective way of achieving this is to stop waste from ending up in landfill sites and do something more innovative and environmentally sound with it instead.  The residual waste treatment contract currently being procured by the Partnership – along with continued progress on waste minimisation, recycling and composting fronts – will play a key role in ending our reliance on landfill.

Cormac Stokes, Chair of the South London Waste Partnership Management Group, said: “The three remaining bidders are proposing a range of innovative waste treatment solutions.  Further confidential negotiations are required between the Partnership’s Procurement Team and the bidders before further deselection of bids can take place.” 

The South London Waste Partnership Joint Waste Committee will meet in February 2011 to consider each bidder’s refined solutions and agree which bids should progress to the next stage.

Final tenders will be submitted in April 2011 with the Preferred Bidder announced in July 2011.  The Contract is due to be awarded in autumn 2011.