Deadline nears for Connecticut waste RFP

The state’s department of energy and environmental protection is seeking a private partner to finance, build and operate a solid waste management facility.

After an extension was issued in January, the deadline of 15 March to submit in a request for proposals for a six-facility solid waste recovery project in Connecticut is approaching. 

The Connecticut Solid Waste System Project (CSWSP) calls for a private partner to finance, design, build, operate and maintain a solid waste management facility on behalf of the state. The partner is also being sought to market recoverable materials, products and energy recovered, according to RFP documents. 

The aim of the Connecticut government-led project is to maximise materials recovery through efficient conversion to compost, renewable energy, fuel, chemicals and other uses. 

Interested parties will need to present proposals that are consistent with the state's goal of 60 percent diversion from landfill and combustion by 2024, the documents said, with acceptable technologies to deliver these results including materials recovery facilities, mixed waste processing facilities, anaerobic digestion, composting, gasification and other processes that convert solid waste into renewable fuel, chemicals and electricity.  

By design, the project is meant to be privately funded, but “the state retains the right of public financing”, said the RFP.

After the project was initially authorised by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy in November 2014, the RFP was initiated in the same month one year later. RFP was originally set to wrap on 1 March.

The Connecticut Solid Waste System Resource Recovery Facility (CSWS RRF), formerly known as the Mid-Connecticut RRF, has been in operation since 1988 with a permitted capacity of over 888,000 tons of municipal solid waste per year. It is at the hub of a “hub and spoke” system of facilities serving 50 municipalities that is owned and managed by the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA, formerly known as the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority). The facility is reaching the end of its service life, the RFP documents said.

Six facilities, including the CSWS RRF, the MIRA CSWS Recycling Facility in Hartford and transfer stations in Ellington, Essex, Torrington, and Watertown, comprise the project. 

The selected partner will be required to maintain services at CSWSP transfer stations until 2027. Project construction works are expected to reach completion by end of July 2017, and all newly constructed facilities are required to commence operations within five years.