Essex opens bids for ‘£1 billion’ residual waste contract

Essex County Council is launching a new tender for residual waste that is said to be worth £1 billion over the contract’s 14-year period. This announcement arrives amidst the finalisation of Essex’s draft waste strategy.
Essex opens bids for ‘£1 billion’ residual waste contract
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Essex County Council is launching a new tender for residual waste that is said to be worth £1 billion over the contract’s 14-year period. This announcement arrives amidst the finalisation of Essex’s draft waste strategy. Councillor Peter Schwier, Climate Czar and Cabinet Member for Environment, Waste Reduction and Recycling said:

I am keen to launch this new tender as soon as possible for the disposal of our black bag waste in Essex. This will ensure medium term arrangements are in place for the disposal of our waste while we finalise our draft waste strategy for the longer term.

The new contract has the potential to last 14 years, with the initial contract lasting 7 years from 1 April 2025 to 31 March 2032, and then an opportunity to extend for another 7 years. If the waste contract lasts 14 years, ECC says the estimated total value of the contract would be £1 billion.

The new specification will limit the use of landfill from 2028. If successful, the 2028 date will put Essex two years ahead of their zero waste to landfill by 2030, set out by the Essex Climate Action Commission. Mr Schwier noted that, if successful, these early restrictions on the use of landfill will “help us continue to tackle climate change in the county.”

The county, which sends most of its waste to landfill, has faced several hurdles during the procurement process of a new waste contract, with the latest contract launch paused after receiving “no compliant bids”. Last year, Essex Waste Partnership created a draft Waste Strategy. ECC consulted residents on the draft plan at the end of 2023. The council intends to publish the results later this year. 

Two potential bidders include UK recycling, renewable energy and waste management company Viridor and Indaver, which will begin commissioning in early 2025 on another Essex EfW facility. Mr Schwier said:

I would encourage potential bidders to attend the online bidders’ day which will be held on Tuesday 30 January to support potential bidders with further information.

Recently, EfW Net writer Izzy Felton covered the Essex draft waste strategy and what could be learnt by the successes of other local authorities tackling waste management.

Find the feature here: Essex draft waste strategy: overcoming challenges and implementing a circular economy 

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