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What background information is there about the waste treatment contract?
In September 2007, a contract notice was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) inviting companies to tender for a long-term contract to manage the final treatment of York and North Yorkshire's residual household waste.
Prior to this, the councils had worked together to prepare an outline business case which was submitted to Defra (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). This document reflected the waste management position at that time and was the basis for the successful application for £65million Private Finance Initiative (PFI) credits. The outline business case is supported by a series of appendices - you can request a CD containing these via e-mail.
The closing date for receipt of the outline solutions was December 2007 and in January 2008 a shortlist of four participating companies was produced. These companies were invited to submit detailed solutions to the councils. Once the solutions had been evaluated, two companies were taken forward. AmeyCespa was then selected as the councils' preferred bidder for the contract.
The councils worked closely with Defra and WIDP (Waste Infrastructure Delivery Programme) to progress each stage of the project. Following the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review in October 2010, the councils received confirmation that the project had retained the provisional allocation of £65million Waste Infrastructure Credits (formerly PFI credits) and support for the project going forward.
The Freedom of Information Act (2000) gives a general right of access to all types of 'recorded' information held by public authorities, sets out exemptions by which information may be withheld and places a number of obligations on public authorities. The councils have previously published information about the project and will continue to publish as much information as possible including contract documents (marginally redacted to protect commercially confidential information). More information can be found in the Waste PFI Freedom of Information leaflet below.