The project involves construction of a £100m MBT plant, which mechanically separates recyclables from waste, before breaking down the organic fragments to make it more stable for landfill.
The short listed companies are:
- United Utilities/John Laing/Laing O’Rourke
- Skanska and Cory Enviromental
- Spanish waste group Urbaser with Balfour Beatty.
Now the consortia will be invited to invited to submit detailed proposals for treatment of more than 350,000t of waste over 25 years.The councils will name their preferred bidder in 2011.