Mayor Joe Anderson attacked the decision to award the contract to the Teeside-based SITA UK, saying that the contract “will take a major opportunity away from Merseyside.”
The 30-year deal will result in disposal of 90 percent of Merseyside and Halton’s waste away from landfill, through the construction of a new facility at the Wilton International site in Teesside and will create 50 permanent jobs when the plant is operational.
Joe Anderson – “I feel the city and the wider City Region has had a massive opportunity for major infrastructure investment snatched from its grasp…”
Anderson said: “I feel the city and the wider City Region has had a massive opportunity for major infrastructure investment snatched from its grasp and hundreds of potential jobs which we desperately need have gone to the North East.
“I want to understand why the City Region leaders have not been involved in such a huge decision and why I, as the Mayor of Liverpool, with Liverpool contributing more to the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority than any other authority, had to read about the decision in a press release after the decision was made.
“I also want to understand how it can be more environmentally friendly and more cost effective to ship the waste of Merseyside all the way to Teesside some 150 miles away rather than dispose of our own waste locally.
“Although local authorities on Merseyside didn’t want the facility on their patch a bid was put in to have it in Ellesmere Port, which would have allowed people living in the City Region to apply for the jobs created.”
Responding to the Liverpool mayor, MRWA said: “SITA beat Covanta to reach their preferred bidder status as part of a competitive tendering exercise which was scrutinised by the nine elected members (from constituent district councils including three councillors from Liverpool city council) that make up the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority governance structure.”