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wastesnowTwo bidders have been selected by the Isle of Wight Council to go through to the final stage of the process for the contract to deliver waste collection and treatment services for the Island starting in October 2015.

The shortlist was this week reduced from three to two following a detailed evaluation of the bidders’ proposals set against strict criteria developed by the council.

The two remaining bidders are:

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  • Veolia Environmental Services Ltd;
  • Amey Cespa.

The new waste contract, which has a value of between £115 million and £225 million over its lifetime (15 to 25 years), aims to increase recycling and minimise the amount of household waste sent for landfill. The successful contractor will be announced in August 2015.

The bidders have included a range of innovative solutions in their proposals, which provide value for money for the council.

Initially five contractors were invited to submit proposals. This was then reduced to a shortlist of three in April 2014.

As well as recycling and waste collection and treatment, in line with the council’s sustainability objectives the new contract includes a requirement to operate a re-use and waste minimisation service.

Executive member for sustainability, environment and public realm, Councillor Luisa Hillard, said:

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“We are now entering the final phase of the selection process and I am confident that this contract will be future proof, in accordance with good practice and build on lessons learned from the past.

“It is vital that the new contract is affordable and offers value for money to our residents while achieving the best possible recycling rates and increased sustainability. I am also expecting real community and social benefit for the Island.”

The new contract will replace the existing integrated waste management contract which has been operated by Island Waste Services (a subsidiary of Biffa Ltd) since 1997.

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