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Kent wood recycling tender out to increase recycling rates

Kent and Medway local authorities have put out a tender for a five-year contract with potential for a five-year extension for applications to recycle and reuse wood waste to drive up recycling rates in the area.

Kent County Council along with Medway Council receive 35,000 tonnes of waste wood and wood based products each year, that are potentially suitable for recycling. While currently the waste in the area is predominantly recycled, marketplace instability means that other arrangements to deal with the material may be applied. Therefore, Kents aim with the contract is to remove this instability, ensuring it meets its strategic recycling objectives.

Kent CC procurement and projects manager Rob Howard said: Wood recycling is a significant part of Kent CCs strategy to drive up overall levels of recycling. We are therefore particularly focusing this contract on very high levels of recycling rather than recovery.

The council has split the contract into two lots which divide the total volume across East Kent which will recycle 15,000 tonnes per year - and West Kent treating 20,000 tonnes each year. However, contractors can bid for one or both lots. 

Applicants must be firms which are qualified and experienced contractors. The companies chosen to tender will be decided through pre-qualification questionnaires, which will ask for information on technical competence and experience, financial and economic standing, provision of reference and other technical information.

A maximum of seven companies will be chosen for each element of the contract and invited to tender for the service in November 2009.


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