Greater Manchester’s recycling and waste management contract updates
Following due and careful consideration and a review of the strategic objectives of the procurement, GMCA has now made a decision to withdraw Lot Three: Biowaste Management Services, which includes the processing of food and garden waste. This decision is based on a number of factors including the continued uncertainty over the national waste and resources strategy due to be released in November 2018 and the difficult markets for recycling and composting. The conditions for investment are not favourable at this current time and it is essential that GMCA secures a contract that provides the right solution for Greater Manchester offering the best value for money.
The Biowaste management services formerly included in Lot Three have been incorporated into Lot One to seek an interim solution to process Greater Manchester’s food and garden waste.
It is anticipated that the remaining bidders will be submitting their final tender documents towards the end of this year and GMCA intends to announce the preferred bidder(s) in February 2019.
22 February 2018
The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) can confirm that 6 companies have made a successful progression through the SQ (Selection Questionnaire) evaluation stage of the procurement of Greater Manchester Waste and Resource Management Services. The procurement is split into 3 separate lots as follows:
Lot One: Waste and Resource Management Services; Suez, Veolia and Viridor. Lot Two: Household Waste Recycling Centre Management Services; FCC Environment, Suez and Veolia and Lot Three: Bio-waste Management Services. Biffa, Biowise Ltd and Viridor.
The GMWDA will now enter into a competitive dialogue phase with the successful bidders.
Cllr Nigel Murphy, Chair of the GMWDA, said “We are extremely happy with the response from the market; 11 companies submitted tenders. We are very pleased with the level of quality and experience of the 6 companies that we are taking through to the competitive dialogue stage”.
21 November 2017
Contract Operational Changes
Following the conclusion of the Greater Manchester PFI Waste and Recycling contract on the 29th of September and the detailed media brief issued, we can confirm that we have started our dialogue with Viridor Waste (Greater Manchester) Ltd (VWGM) regarding operational changes to be delivered during the interim contract period up until the start of the new contracts.
For GMWDA to realise further required savings and to address the technical and operational challenges, some changes need to be made to the current operational facilities. These will focus on the Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) facilities with Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and improving recycling levels at Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC). Both will be implemented over the next 18 months.
VWGM have held briefing sessions with Trade Unions and core staff operating the MBT facilities with AD. GMWDA is committed to an open dialogue with VWGM to support staff and a formal consultation process via VWGM will commence in January 2018.
08 November 2017
Greater Manchester Waste and Resource Management Services
The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) has today published the procurement opportunity for the procurement of Greater Manchester Waste and Resource Management Services, including Waste and Resource Management Services (WRMS), Household Waste Recycling Centre Management Services (HWRC),and Biowaste Management Services (BMS), and all associated works.
This follows the earlier PIN notice and the suppliers briefing day held on the 2nd November 2017.
Scope currently includes five residual waste sites; twenty Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC); eight Transfer Loading Stations (TLS); the Bolton Thermal Recovery Facility (TRF); the Materials Recovery Facility(MRF); 3 Biowaste facilities; the obligation to produce Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF); and associated rail transport and supply to the Runcorn Thermal Power Station (TPS). In addition to the services, the scope will also include construction changes across a number of sites and facilities. GMWDA is approaching the market with three separate Lots: Lot One: Waste and Resource Management Services; Lot Two: Household Waste Recycling Centre Management Services; and Lot Three: Biowaste Management Services. Potential Candidates have the option to apply for any one Lot, any combination of Lots, or all of the Lots.
20 October 2017
Procurement progresses in Greater Manchester
The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) has issued a procurement Prior Information Notice (PIN) ahead of the formal Official Journal of the European Union notice scheduled for November.
The GMWDA are seeking to procure Greater Manchester Waste and Resource Management Services, including:
- residual waste management services
- household waste recycling and transfer services
- bio waste management services, and all associated works
The scope of the procurement includes:
- 5 residual waste sites
- 20 Household Waste Recycling Centres
- 8 transfer loading stations
- the Bolton Thermal Recovery Facility
- the Materials Recovery Facility
- a number of bio waste facilities
- the obligation to produce refuse derived fuel and associated rail transport and supply to the Runcorn Thermal Power Station
The procurement will be available through the GMWDA’s ProContract (Due North) e-tendering platform and interested parties are encouraged to register in advance of the formal commencement of procurement.
A suppliers briefing session is being held on the afternoon of Thursday 2nd November at Manchester Art Gallery. The session will outline the GMWDA’s aspirations for the project, detail the scope and the procurement process with timescales and submission requirements.
Interested parties who wish to attend the session should register by Wednesday 25th October by email email@example.com with their name, company, job title, and email address. We will be accepting up to two attendees per company.
The PIN follows the conclusion of the current Greater Manchester PFI contract arrangement on the 29th September 2018.
29 September 2017
The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) can confirm that following our media brief on the 24 August 2017 in relation to the Recycling and Waste Management PFI Contract, negotiations and legal paperwork have now been concluded and as a result the current contract arrangements with Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Ltd (VLGM) end on 29th September 2017. Ownership of VLGM has now passed to GMWDA and it has been renamed Greater Manchester Combined Waste and Recycling.
The details of these arrangements remain the same as per the previous brief.
Councillor Nigel Murphy, Chair, Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority.
24 August 2017
The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) can confirm that significant efficiency savings and operational improvements have been sought from its Recycling and Waste Management PFI Contract held with Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Ltd (VLGM) to ensure mitigation of the predicted rise in the levy from this year.
Whilst a range of efficiency savings options have been explored in partnership with VLGM and their sub-contractor Viridor, constraints within the new EU Procurement Regulations (2014) have meant that the savings identified cannot be taken forward through the existing contractual arrangements. Coupled with some technical and operational challenges in the contract, it is with some regret that GMWDA and VLGM have mutually agreed to terminate the Recycling and Waste Management PFI Contract from 29th September 2017.
Whilst this decision has not been taken lightly, GMWDA will work closely with all stakeholders to provide updates as quickly as possible. With the support of Viridor, interim arrangements have been agreed to enable GMWDA to continue to provide recycling and waste processing and treatment while GMWDA procures new recycling and waste services. This arrangement will ensure that kerbside collection and Household Waste Recycling Centre services will continue as normal for residents of Greater Manchester. GMWDA remains committed to protecting front-line public services, maximising recycling and minimising waste whilst achieving the required savings for authority partners.
Completion of the termination arrangements is expected to take place from 29th September 2017 and are conditional upon: (i) completion of the transfer of Viridor Laing into GMWDA ownership; (ii) finalisation of a number of outstanding confidential commercial issues and (iii) approval of the terms of the consensual termination by the lenders to the Project.
Councillor Nigel Murphy, Chair, Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority.
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