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Arc21 halve shortlist for new waste management facilities


Source: Materials Recycling Week

Northern Ireland waste management group Arc21 has halved its shortlist of bidders hoping to deliver its new waste management facilities.

The umbrella group, which spans 11 councils in the east of Northern Ireland has announced the shortlist as:

  • Greenstar Holdings/ E.On  Energy from Waste AG
  • SITA Holdings UK
  • Veolia ES Aurora

These bidders now move on to the next phase of the procurement process.

Plans for the waste management facilities include up to two mechanical biological treatment plants and an energy from waste facility.

Arc21 policy and operations director Ricky Burnett said: “This marks the achievement of another important milestone in our process. The next phase involves the development of detailed submissions relating to the provision of MBT facilities and an energy from waste plant.”

The original six on the shortlist were:

  • Covanta Energy
  • Greenstar Holdings/ E.On Energy from Waste AG
  • Indaver John Laing
  • SITA Holdings UK
  • The Shanks Wheelabrator Consortium
  • Veolia ES Aurora

It is hoped the waste management plan will encourage people to reduce waste in the first instance and boost recycling rates to at least 50 per cent.

Mr Burnett said: “Experience throughout Europe clearly shows that high recycling rates can be achieved alongside Energy from Waste. Establishing these facilities is not only necessary to avoid heavy fines from Europe, but they can also help satisfy future energy needs and act as potential stimulus for local economic development.”

The contract is expected to be awarded by the beginning of 2011.

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