Eversheds advises MWDA on £640M Veolia contract
Eversheds has advised the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) in partnership with Halton Borough Council on the completion of a 20 year waste management and recycling contract with Veolia Environmental Services. The £640M contract commences on June 1st 2009.
The contract includes the development of a flagship Materials Recovery Facility at Gillmoss, Liverpool due to commence construction before the end of the year. A refurbishment programme for existing infrastructure will include upgrading the existing Bidston MRF, as well as the network of 16 Household Waste Recycling Centres.
The contract is part of a major procurement exercise by the MWDA on behalf of itself and Halton Borough Council targeting improved recycling rates across the Merseyside and Halton area. It also includes the operation of the existing four transfer stations servicing the waste collection authorities.
The Eversheds team was led by head of waste Michael Grimes who said "We’re recognised as the most experienced waste management legal team in the UK and are pleased to be advising on this landmark contract. This contract represents a major investment in the Merseyside region and will provide the area with a world-class waste management solution that will help fulfill the aims of the EU Landfill Directive. The competitive dialogue process was managed to maximise the benefits of competition to the Authority and to deliver an orderly, timely contract close.”
The new Material Recovery Facility located in the Gillmoss Recycling Park will be suitable for glass and plastic bottles, cardboard, cans and paper and will ensure a wider range of recyclates can now be collected and sorted locally. The Facility also includes an integrated Visitor and Education Centre designed to generate interest in recycling across the community.
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