Sunday 29th Mar, 2020

Tenders open to design and build advanced waste processing facility

The Victorian Environment Protection Authority has given a Melbourne council the green light to develop a waste to energy plant.

Expressions of interest are now open to design, build and operate an advanced waste processing facility for household waste in Melbourne, the largest tender of its kind.

Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) CEO Jill Riseley said the 16 councils from the south east of Melbourne are involved in the tender.

Together, the councils collected more than 490,000 tonnes of residual rubbish in 2016. This is forecast to grow to over 700,000 tonnes a year by 2046.

“Advanced waste processing solutions will play a significant role in achieving the Victorian Government’s new target to divert 80 per cent of household rubbish from landfill by 2030,” Riseley said.

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The procurement process is expected to take approximately two years, starting with the call for expressions of interest.

“The procurement will focus on the financial, environmental and social outcomes councils want to achieve rather than specify a technology,” she said.

“It will be up to bidders to recommend proven and appropriate solutions, and to demonstrate how they deliver on councils’ objectives.”