No plans for incinerator in East Yorkshire's new waste contracts
A NEW series of waste contracts worth £250m is unlikely to feature any requirement to build an incinerator to deal with the region's rubbish.
Two previous plans for waste-burning incinerators in east Hull and Saltend triggered massive protests from residents and environmental campaign groups.
However, neither managed to get off the drawing board.
An original proposed complex in Foster Street, east Hull, was stopped in its tracks after plans were rejected after a public inquiry.
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Subsequent proposals for a similar facility at Saltend were eventually shelved because of rising costs.
Both schemes were the result of a requirement in a 25-year contract struck between the region's two councils and waste firm WRG to manage the disposal of household rubbish from Hull and the East Riding.
Two years ago the councils announced they were terminating the contract and looking to start a new retendering process.
Now Councillor Symon Fraser, environment portfolio holder at East Riding Council, has confirmed that any future disposal of non-recyclable waste is expected to take place in existing facilities outside of East Yorkshire.
He said: "Residual waste is likely to be treated outside of our area.
"There are facilities already out there that deal with this kind of waste."
Cllr Fraser also confirmed the council would not be building any new waste management sites of its own as part of the new-look contract.
He said: "It will be up to the contractors to decide whether any new sites will be constructed in the East Riding."
Unlike the previous contract involving a single company, the new contract has been split into 15 different lots.
The lots cover different types of work, from managing household waste recycling sites to sorting rubbish collected from different household wheelie bins.
Cllr Fraser said the decision to opt for a series of mini-contracts had allowed local waste businesses to pitch for some of the lots alongside established national operators.
"As well as advertising the contracts internationally, we also advertised in the Mail as part of a deliberate plan to encourage local companies to submit expressions of interest," he said.
"We have also held open events to encourage small operators, giving them help and advice to wade through the official mire of the procurement process."
He said 15 companies had recently qualified for the next stage of the tendering process.
"Some have expressed an interest in taking on the whole contract, others are interested in individual lots," said Cllr Fraser.
"The 15 firms have all been invited to submit final tenders. Once they are all in an evaluation will take place.
"That is scheduled to happen in July and we expect to announce the successful company or companies in January."
The current deal with WRG is due to expire in April next year when the new contracts will commence.
They will last for ten years.