Greater Manchester Combined Authority confirm SUEZ as preferred tenderer

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
MRF in South Manchester

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has announced SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK as its preferred tenderer for new operating contracts in the region.

Following a year-long process, SUEZ will now take over the Viridor contract beginning on 1 June.

This contract includes the operation of five residual waste facilities, nine household waste recycling centres, eight transfer loading stations, the Bolton Thermal Recovery Facility, the Materials Recovery Facility, the obligation to produce refuse derived fuel and associated rail transport and supply to the Runcorn Energy Recovery Facility.

SUEZ will also take over the operation of 11 standalone household waste recycling centres located on separate sites to the main waste treatment facilities, which put into a separate contract to encourage a competitive market response.

Existing staff working at the sites will transfer over to SUEZ.

Viridor’s 25-year contract to process residual waste at the Runcorn Energy Facility is unaffected and will continue as normal for the next 16 years.

There are no plans to change resident’s household waste and recycling collection services yet residents will now be able to recycle a wider range of items at household waste recycling centres.

Alex Ganotis, Green City Region lead, said: “This is another step towards making Greater Manchester one of the leading green city regions in the UK.

“The new partnership with SUEZ will focus on reducing household waste and moving towards a more circular economy.”

More details will follow once new contracts are in place.

Greater Manchester is the UK's largest combined waste authority which handles 1m tonnes of material per year, around 4% of England’s waste.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) deals with 1.1 million tonnes of waste produced each year from metropolitan districts of Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford.

It terminated its contract with Viridor in August 2017 citing operational and technical challenges.

Though part of Greater Manchester, the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan administers its own waste disposal operations.

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