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Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Waste Management

Waste Management

Everyone produces waste and the quantity of waste produced has the potential to double over the next 20 years.

Changes to European and National policy and legislation mean that we need to reduce our dependence on landfill as the main method of disposing of waste. As a result, we have made changes to the way in which waste is managed in Nottinghamshire.

Municipal Waste Management Strategy for Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire County Council, and the seven district and borough councils of Nottinghamshire, worked proactively with key stakeholders in the late 1990s to develop a strategy for managing the municipal waste produced in the county in the knowledge that more sustainable waste management practices were necessary in order to address climate change by moving treatment methods up the waste hierarchy.

Municipal waste is the waste that the District and Borough Councils and the County Council have a responsibility for collecting and disposing. It is mainly composed of:

  • wastes produced by householders
  • wastes produced by trade premises and collected by the councils
  • litter and street sweepings.

Significant quantities of industrial and commercial wastes are also produced in the County, however, it is the responsibility of the producers of these wastes to make sure that these wastes are collected and disposed of in an environmentally acceptable manner.

The County Council as Waste Planning Authority has consulted on a new Waste Core Strategy which will address the best way of dealing with all these waste streams through the development framework.
The Councils' Municipal Waste Management Strategy (MWMS) for Nottinghamshire was approved in 2001 following a lengthy period of engagement with stakeholders.

The MWMS was intended to:

  • Provide a framework for the Councils to plan and manage their waste management services in an integrated way
  • Increase the sustainability of waste management in Nottinghamshire by promoting waste minimisation, and increasing the re-use, recycling and composting of waste; and
  • Meet the needs of the residents of Nottinghamshire, be environmentally acceptable and affordable to the Councils.

The Strategy set out four key objectives for municipal waste management in the County over the next 20 years:

  • To stabilise (and in due course reduce) the amount of municipal waste generated in Nottinghamshire
  • To achieve the national targets for waste recycling, recovery and disposal of waste to landfill
  • To deliver an affordable and environmentally acceptable waste management service
  • To implement solutions that have the support of the public.

Through an extensive procurement exercise that commenced in 2002, and was conducted in line with the strict European Union Negotiated Procedure, the council has recently entered into a long term contract to deliver these aims and objectives.

Download the Municipal Waste Management Strategy [PDF 9.7MB]. Please note this is a large file and may take some time to download.

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Nottinghamshire Waste Management PFI Contract

In June 2006 Nottinghamshire County Council signed a 26 year PFI waste management contract with the UK’s leading waste management company Veolia Environmental Services.

The Private Finance Initiative (PFI) is a form of public-private partnership (PPP) in which local authorities can gain access to new or improved capital assets. Unlike traditional procurement the public sector does not buy the assets, but rather pays for their use; Nottinghamshire County Council was awarded £38.31m of PFI credits by Treasury towards the cost of this project, having met strict project business case objectives and standard Office of Government Commerce contract terms.

See the PFI Frequently Asked Questions.

The overarching objectives of the Nottinghamshire Waste Management PFI Contract are to:

  • Focus on positive action to protect and improve the environment
  • Have regard to Best Value and affordability
  • Reduce the proportion of waste going to landfill
  • Conserve energy and raw materials
  • Support waste minimisation, reuse and recycling initiatives
  • Secure the optimum return on any assets used
  • Ensure that waste is treated/disposed of using one of the nearest facilities and the most appropriate methods and technologies
  • Meet the Government’s performance standards for waste management
  • Be sufficiently flexible to allow for future changes in waste legislation and practice
  • Use and promote the principles of the waste hierarchy:
         o Reduction
         o Reuse
         o Recycling and Composting
         o Energy Recovery
         o Disposal.

The contract is worth £850m over the 26 years and represents a balance of services including waste education, recycling, composting and energy recovery through incineration.

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Contract facilities

Veolia Environmental Services will make a capital investment of £140m over the term of the contract in the phased development of new recycling, composting, treatment and delivery facilities, as well as plant and equipment, to deliver the requirements of the PFI Contract.

Current facilities include:

  • A Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Mansfield which handles and sorts all of the Nottinghamshire District and Borough Councils kerbside recycling collections of mixed paper, card, cans and plastic bottles
  • New recycling centres to serve Worksop and Newark
  • Transfer stations to receive and handle waste and recyclables from District and Borough Council collections at Giltbrook and Colwick.

Proposed facilities include:

  • The development of new transfer stations at Newark and Worksop
  • The construction of an 180,000 tonnes modern Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at the site of the former Rufford Colliery near Rainworth to convert - through incineration - waste which can’t be recycled or composted economically into power. The 15MWh of energy recovered will be fed into the National Grid and is sufficient to power 15,000 homes
  • The development of a composting facilitiy in central Nottinghamshire to handle District and Borough Council collections of green waste.

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Contract targets

The contract is performance based and includes Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to monitor Veolia's performance. Key contract targets include:

  • Reaching a recycling and composting level of at least 52 percent by 2020
  • Improving on the statutory Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS) targets for Nottinghamshire
  • Undertaking operations in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner and minimising carbon emissions
  • Attaining minimum recycling and composting levels and improved customer satisfaction at the recycling centres
  • Providing appropriate infrastructure for the Waste Collection Authorities (WCAs) with acceptable capacity and a minimum of delay to delivery vehicles.

For further information on Veolia and the Nottinghamshire contract visit www.veoliaenvironmentalservices.co.uk/nottinghamshire.

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