The North London Waste Authority is abandoning the procurement process for waste contracts estimated to be worth more than £3bn over 25 to 30 years. and is looking at cheaper options instead.
The process came under fire after the withdrawal of Veolia left FCC Environmental and its partner Skanksa as the sole bidder for one contract to collect 846,000 tonnes of municipal waste from the London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest.
Eon and Wheelabrator were also in the running for a separate contract to turn residual waste into fuel. This would have supplied the Kemsley Mill incinerator in Sittingbourne, Kent. The NLWA was also planning to build a waste processing plant at Pinkham Way in Haringey.
These proposals have now been dropped in favour of investment to prolong the life of the Edmonton incinerator up to 2025.
According to NLWA "This decision will not impact on targets to achieve a 50% household recycling rate and to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill to 35% (of 1995 amounts) by 2020."
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