Under the five-year contract, which has the option to extend for four years, the contractor will have to treat at least 36,000 tonnes of waste from households, companies and street sweepings each year. However, the council estimates that the estimated tonnage may rise to up to 105,000 tonnes per year, depending on other contracts it is arranging.
Bristol City Council neighbourhood operations manager Pam Jones said: “We’re not looking at any particular technology, and are keeping an open mind. But I think it’s been made clear that we are not going to install a mass burn incinerator.
“We have various other contracts and we want to make sure all the council’s waste is covered, so we don’t want to limit ourselves on the amount of waste that could be handled in this contract.”
A maximum of eight bidders will be selected to tender for the waste management contract and a preferred bidder will be chosen by March 2011.