Essex Council launches new tender for disposal of black bag waste
Politics / Mon 22nd Jan 2024 at 08:25am
A NEW tender for residual or black bag waste has today been launched to the market by Essex County Council.
The tender follows two previous tenders for which no contract was awarded.
The new contract will be for seven years’ duration from 1 April 2025 to 31 March 2032, with the option to extend for up to a further seven years.
The estimated potential total value of the contract for 14 years is around £1 billion.
The council extended its current residual waste disposal service order contracts by one year to 31 March 2025 in November last year to allow time for the newly-launched procurement process.
The new specification will limit contractors using landfill as a waste disposal method for Essex’s waste from 1 January 2028, except for very limited circumstances where necessary as a contingency measure.
The restrictions on waste going to landfill come two years ahead of the recommendation from the Essex Climate Action Commission to send zero waste to landfill by 2030.
Councillor Peter Schwier, Climate Czar and Cabinet Member for Environment, Waste Reduction and Recycling, said: “I am delighted we have been able to launch this new tender 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 review the consultation responses and finalise our draft waste strategy for the long term.
“It is really important we move away from landfill as soon as possible – these early restrictions on the use landfill are extremely welcome and will help us in our fight to tackle climate change.
“I would strongly encourage any potential bidders to come along to the online bidders’ day which will be held on Tuesday 30 January to support potential bidders with further information.”
The council consulted residents on the new draft Waste Strategy for Essex at the end of 2023 and draft findings are due to be published in February this year.
Is it safe to assume that if it is no longer going to landfill and it cannot be recycled, that it will be out sent to a third world country along with all our other polluting activities( energy production,steel production, mass manufacturing etc). If so then we are not really part of the global green agenda but nearly making out green credentials look good while Turning a blind eye to not really helping the global situation.
It would help if there wasn't so much unnecessary packaging on things. It's ridiculous the amount of pre packed fruit and veg etc.
This is a medium term solution to a long term problem. If we are to effectively stop landfilling by 2028 then the new contractor will have to increase recycling to very high levels which their last contractor failed to do at Basildon. From Essex's consultation documents on waste disposal the long term solution seems to be burning residual waste and recovering energy as the only viable solution. In the shorter term residents can do their bit by using the Councils recycling service which is one of the best in the country. If you want to keep carbon dioxide and methane down to the minimum then use the food waste rercycling service. Rotting food waste in landfill is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases.
Blocks of flats no longer have food waste collected separately. Given the huge increase in high rise builds locally the amount of food waste going in general waste is going to increase dramatically