New environmental management contract to support the Summerhill waste management center

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Newcastle City Councilors have awarded a tender for specialist services at the Summerhill Waste Management Center, which will allow staff to quickly identify and respond to environmental risks on site.

The service will add additional specialist skills to complement the existing expertise at the site, to provide extensive environmental monitoring and reporting programs to lead Summerhill towards a more environmentally sustainable future.

In addition, the City, in collaboration with the specialist departments of the successful bidder, will invest in the development of a long-term electronic data management approach to housing environmental data captured at Summerhill in order to improve efficiency and aim to improve transparency following strong data monitoring and review. . This will ultimately facilitate public access to information.

The contract is estimated to be worth approximately $ 750,000 per year, over three years. This includes investing in a new approach to data and accessing a significant number of specialists from various environmental disciplines.

Newcastle City Waste Services Manager Troy Uren said Summerhill Waste Management Center has an important role to play in advocating for environmental sustainability as the second-most waste management facility. important and regionally largest in New South Wales.

“With Newcastle’s population expected to grow by 21% to over 200,000 by 2041, and the Hunter flagged as one of the fastest growing areas in the state, we need to sustainably manage it ‘imminent increase in waste generation,’ said Uren.

“The City has identified the need to bring in external environmental expertise to use the latest technology at Summerhill, ensuring it continues to operate in a sustainable manner as a regional facility.

“Our goal is to make sure we keep doing the little things well, which in turn allows us to deliver the other benefits the community expects, such as our new organics processing facility and a proposed materials recovery facility. to process recyclable materials locally.

“Summerhill’s strategic location and landfill capacity means it is ideally located and positioned to provide benefits to the region as other facilities reach capacity over the next decade. “

Following a competitive bidding process, the recommended bidder was awarded by Council at tonight’s regular Council meeting.

The recommended bidder obtained the highest ranking through the evaluation process and has been assessed as offering best value for money taking into account all price and non-price factors relevant to the proposed contract, and a capacity demonstrated to provide similar services in a wide range of industries.

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