Preferred bidder announced for Essex waste contract

January 3, 2012

(Source: Essex County Council)

Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council have selected a consortium of Urbaser and Balfour Beatty as their preferred bidder for the treatment of residual waste in Essex.

The Urbaser/Balfour Beatty consortium has proposed a Mechanical and Biological Treatment (MBT) facility to treat kerbside collected residual waste, trade waste collected by local Essex authorities, street sweepings, and all non-recyclable waste from household recycling centres across Essex and Southend.

It is planned for the new facility to be built at a site on Courtauld Road in Basildon. The facility will be capable of treating up to 417,000 tonnes of municipal waste a year. As well as treating waste the facility will incorporate a visitor and education centre for the benefit of the wider community.

The construction of the facility will create up to 250 employment opportunities and, once completed, will create 87 full-time jobs, as well as apprenticeship positions.

County Councillor Kevin Bentley, Cabinet Member for Economic Development & Waste said: “Following a thorough evaluation process, we are confident that the proposal from Urbaser and Balfour Beatty will enable Essex and Southend to achieve a sustainable waste management solution which is affordable and environmentally acceptable. I also firmly believe that the new facility will be a valuable community and educational asset for Essex and Southend residents.”

Urbaser Balfour Beatty’s Bid Director Tom Meacock commented “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded Preferred Bidder status by Essex County Council with Southend Borough Council. Over the coming months we look forward to meeting, talking with and listening to local residents, businesses and community groups to ensure our facility is something the people of Essex will be proud of.”

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