The body behind a controversial waste services framework has declared a “very positive response” from suppliers.
Council support organisation Improvement & Efficiency South East (IESE) set up the £1.7bn waste framework that is open to 141 councils.
The framework is aimed at saving local authorities £85m over four years, but it has been criticised by industry consultants.
IESE chairman Paul Bettison said this week: “It is really encouraging that so many waste service contractors want to be involved in the framework.
“A lot of time and effort is required by the contractors before a bid is submitted and I would like to thank all potential suppliers for their continuing interest in this innovative approach to delivering services.”
Set up with the London Waste And Recycling Board, the framework will cover four areas:
- recycling and waste collection;
- street cleansing;
- grounds maintenance;
- bulky waste collection.
Bids are now being evaluated, with the framework due to go live on 1 May 2012.