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Firms urged to aid councils bin cash bid

Waste firms have been urged by ministers to help councils with their bids for cash from the £250m weekly bin collection fund.

Guidance was sent to the 180 councils that expressed an interest in the Weekly Collection Support Scheme ahead of the 11 May deadline for outline bids.

It said: “We are encouraging joint bids between local authorities and the private sector where this streamlines waste services and enables better value for money. 

“However, the local authority must be the lead bidder as funding will be administered through the local authority and must relate to expenditure of that authority.”

The guidance also reveals that councils will have to rank the carbon impact of the changes in waste arising and treatment associated with their proposal on the DECC/Defra 2011 Greenhouse Gas Conversion Factors tool.

“In the interests of consistency, transparency and fairness, we have also amended the outline bid form to enable local authorities to report estimated carbon savings using this model,” the guidance said.

The make-up of the technical advisory group charged with selecting which bids will grab a slice of the £250m available has also been decided.

It will be chaired by Department for Communities and Local Government deputy director, accountability and transparency,Shehla Husain and includes representatives from Defra, the Local Government Association, the Environmental Services Association, Local Partnerships and WRAP.

The Weekly Collection Support Scheme at a glance

  • Announced by communities secretary Eric Pickles last year
  • DCLG said the scheme aimed to “reverse the shift towards fortnightly rubbish collections” but bowed to pressure to allow bids for weekly food waste collections as well as residual collections.  
  • The scheme is worth up to £250m over the spending review period. This breaks down as £50m in 2012-13, £100m in 2013-14 and £100m in 2014-15
  • Councils should submit outline bids to by 11 May and final bids by 17 August
  • Final decisions about which bids will receive funding will be made in October.
  • The hierarchy against which bids will be judged is:
    i) a weekly residual collection alongside a weekly recyclables collection;
    ii) a weekly residual collection with fortnightly recyclables collection;
    iii) adding a weekly food waste (or organic) collection to a fortnightly collection of residual household waste.

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