Specialist energy and waste lawyers at Walker Morris have advised Associated Waste Management (AWM) on a major milestone in Bradford Council’s waste treatment service.

A 12-year contract for waste treatment was officially signed on 21 September by representatives of the Council and Associated Waste Management as its waste treatment partner.

The company was chosen as the preferred bidder for the contract, following the outcome of a detailed analysis and evaluation process.

It will see Bradford’s 150,000 tonnes per year residual waste treated mainly at a newly commissioned waste treatment facility in south Leeds, which will produce additional recyclables as part of preparing the waste for export to off site thermal treatment to generate electricity.

A significant portion of thermal treatment capacity, currently being developed by energy company SSE at their Ferrybridge facility, has been reserved for this purpose.

The proposal will provide a fully integrated solution for Bradford’s residual waste, incorporating the latest environmentally-friendly technology to recover recyclables from the waste stream and recover energy by generating electricity using the remaining waste.

Energy generated from Bradford’s residual waste will be fed in the power grid, which could be enough to power around 28,000 homes.

Walker Morris lawyers supported the AWM bid team on all aspects of the procurement and dialogue process including contract negotiations and employment advice.