A much-vaunted project to provide cost effective waste services to more than 100 councils has attracted a lukewarm reaction from industry with less than half of the firms invited to tender submitting bids.
Council-owned organisation Improvement and Efficiency South East (IESE) is poised to award places to all 11 firms that submitted bids to be on its £1.7bn framework contract, MRW understands.
IESE, which is managing the process on behalf of 141 authorities, insisted councils would have a “great range of suppliers to choose from” despite 13 firms snubbing the project.
The quango last November invited 24 suppliers to tender for contracts to provide waste services under four categories: recycling and waste collection; street cleaning; ground maintenance; and bulky waste collection. (18 November; mrw.co.uk)
IESE director of procurement Alison Templeton told MRW a full announcement naming successful bidders would be made next week.
But she added: “We have identified 11 bidders to whom we intend to award the framework contract to.
“All 11 bidders were successful but there was a very robust evaluation carried out by local authorities and IESE representatives.”
The framework contract is worth up to £1.7bn to providers and designed to save councils £85m by pooling their buying power. But it has faced set-backs.
Key firms including Kier and Serco last month revealed they were opting not to bid.
Earlier this year, consultants warned that the framework could prove costly for both councils and contractors.