On 12th April 2017, Associated Waste Management (AWM) received notification of the award of Preferred Bidder status for the prestigious 12+3 year waste contract with Bradford Council; the 4th largest Metropolitan Council in the UK, to treat around 150,000 tonnes per annum of residual municipal waste, making this deal one of the largest waste management contract wins by an Independent & Regional operator outside the PFi arena in the UK at this time.
AWM was formed in 2000 by John Brooksbank and has managed several  local authority contracts since 2003, receiving & processing in the region of 1,500,000 tonnes of mixed municipal waste.  Through its association with Local Authorities in Yorkshire AWM has invested heavily in process driven technology, and developed systems of work enabling a move from a reliance on landfill to a solution which delivers recycling and Refuse Engineered Fuel for thermal treatment.
AWM’s  newly commissioned £17.5m Materials Reclamation Facility (MRF) in Stourton, South Leeds will be used to manage contracts like this.  The facility, which was purchased in July 2016, has been designed and project managed by John Brooksbank (MD),  creating a further 40 new, full time jobs.  The Stourton facility is licensed to process up to 250,000 tonnes per year giving AWM a combined total of 875,000 tonnes of permitted waste and recycling activities annually. The company currently receives and treats over 550,000 tonnes p.a. and envisages growth to over 600,000 tonnes per annum.
Tim Shapcott who led the bid with advisors Craig Pember of Roamine Advisory, Ben Sheppard of Walker Morris and Ruth Hann of PWC commented that “AWM has demonstrated through this procurement process its management and front end credentials with support and exclusivity from the power generator SSE plc (Ferrybridge ) with whom AWM have contracted some 25% of the Refuse Derived Fuel supply to the FM2 power station currently being built in readiness for 2019”.
To put this in context, every 100,000 tonnes of waste converted to Refuse Derived Fuel will provide sufficient energy to power c.28,000 homes.
AWM originally passed the Pre Qualification phase of the Bradford procurement in June 2016 and was one of 11 bidders, successfully bidding at CIS (Call for Initial Solutions) as one of 5 bidders in October 2016 and finalist of 2 for CFT (Call for Final Tender) in Feb 2017. 
The detailed final submission consisted of some 100,000 words and contributions were made from AWM’s Operations, Compliance and Corporate and Social Responsibility teams. 
Tim Shapcott, Business Development Director commented “Signing of the latest contract will hopefully take place in June 2017, helping to pave the way for AWM to break ground into new engineered fuel markets to compete in the renewables sector both in the UK and overseas.”

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