Cheshire West and Chester Council, which is currently in the process of procuring a new single waste collection contract, is to rule on its preferred approach to key issues such as collection frequency and materials to be recycled.
Senior Environment Officers have recommended that the authority instructs waste companies to submit solutions for a weekly collection of kitchen waste, whilst providing fortnightly collections for the remaining non-recyclable items. Other recyclable materials are to be collected at least fortnightly.
The recommendations follow a public consultation exercise in which households across Cheshire West were invited to provide their views on the future waste collection service. More than 21,000 responses were received from households across the borough.
The consultation covered views on the types of materials to be recycled, weekly versus fortnightly collection, container design and key customer service issues like returning bins properly after collection.
Cheshire West and Chester senior waste strategy Helen de Lemos said: “The consultation results show us that there is a huge appetite across West Cheshire for recycling more materials. In addition to materials such as paper, glass, cans, plastic packaging, cardboard and Tetra Paks, the majority of residents also picked out kitchen waste as important to recycle.”
Eight bidders have been shortlisted through a pre-qualification questionnaire for the £119m contract, due to commence in April 2012. They are:
· Biffa Waste Services Limited
· Enterprise Plc
· Focsa Services (UK) Ltd
· May Gurney Ltd
· SITA UK Limited
· Serco Ltd
· Veolia ES (UK) Limited
· Verdant Group Ltd
The results of the consultation will be considered by the executive on September 29 and members will then agree specific directions to be given to the bidding companies to ensure that both the authority’s and residents’ views are represented.
The shortlisted bidders are due to submit their detailed solutions in October 2010 with the preferred bidder to be announced in late summer 2011.