The next stage in the process will be to move to the award of a contract which is expected to be completed by the end of May.
The successful proposal from Associated Waste Management will treat Bradford’s residual waste, around 150,000 tonnes every year mainly at their newly commissioned waste treatment facility in south Leeds which is expected to produce additional recyclables as part of preparing the waste for export to off site thermal treatment to generate electricity.
A significant portion of thermal treatment capacity, currently being developed by energy company SSE at their Ferrybridge facility (pictured), has been reserved for this purpose.
"The proposal will provide a fully integrated solution for Bradford’s residual waste, incorporating the latest environmentally-friendly technology to recover recyclables from the waste stream and recover energy by generating electricity using the remaining waste," said Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s executive member for environment and sport.
Energy generated from Bradford’s residual waste is anticipated to be fed in the power grid which could be enough to power around 28,000 homes.
Ferriby added: “This solution will secure a method of treating the residual waste from Bradford for the next 12 years with an option for a further three years, and will lead to an increase in recycling rates as well as a high level of diversion from landfill.
Steve Hartley, Bradford Council’s strategic director of place, stated: “Constantly increasing landfill tax costs and the harm to the environment by landfilling wastes means that this contract will offer both a more sustainable solution, with demonstrable environmental and climate change benefits, as well as being more cost-effective.”
Tim Shapcott, commercial director for Associated Waste Management, said: “Our offer will create added value in generating addition recyclables and green energy in a sustainable way, with very little left to go to landfill.
“We look forward to completing the process and reaching a successful contract award and are prepared to deliver an innovative and cost effective solution to the district.”