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New £960m waste deal would stop further landfills in Essex by 2028

News / Sun 21st Jan 2024 at 10:59am

CONTRACTS that could be worth almost £1 billion to deal with waste from Essex households will put a stop to landfilling by January 2028 reports the Local Democracy Reporter.

Essex County Council is set to undertake a new procurement to secure contracts for the treatment and disposal of approximately 337,000 tonnes of residual black bag waste per year.

The estimated total expenditure under the awarded contracts over the initial seven-year contract term is £481m. The contracts will commence on April 1 2025, with an initial term of seven years, but an option to extend in any number of periods not exceeding a total of a further seven years.

The tendering process comes amid major developments in Essex for the processing of waste from incineration and the developing Essex County Council waste strategy to reduce the £89m annual cost to Essex County Council of dealing with waste.

Indaver’s facility currently under construction in Rivenhall will be able to take 595,000 tonnes of waste annually when it opens in 2025.

Waste operator Viridor wants permission for its Tilbury-based energy-for-waste facility to be able to handle 379,658 tonnes a year.

A statement as part of decision papers set to be agreed upon by Councillor Peter Schwier, member for environment, waste reduction and recycling said: “Essex County Council’s current contracts involve the landfilling of significant quantities of residual waste, which is an unsustainable solution in the long-term. It is Essex County Council’s desire to stop using landfill at the earliest opportunity.

“It is proposed that the contract will require that waste is diverted from landfill from January 1 2028, save for the use of landfill as a contingency arrangement or the use of landfill for the disposal of unexpected waste where necessary.”

The tender is necessary as Essex County Council’s current residual waste disposal contracts expire on March 31 2025.

Over the preceding year, almost 350,000 tonnes of black bag waste is set to be sent to landfill at a cost to taxpayers of at least £42m.

The extension comes in the wake of a decision earlier to abandon a tendering process for a Medium-Term Residual Waste Treatment contract for which there were no compliant bids.

Currently, all residual waste is being sent to landfill, exacerbated by the failure of the Mechanical and Biological Treatment facility in Basildon.

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