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New waste contract for Colchester

An Essex council has issued a tender for its waste collection services including, for the first time, an opportunity for a contractor to run its materials handling facility.

Colchester Borough Council has issued a contract notice with intention of receiving expressions of interest from companies that can handle recyclable materials (sale or purchase) and to oversee the partnership management of the materials handling facility which has, up to now, been run by the council.

At the moment the council works with two contractors to deal with all of their recyclable materials which include paper, cardboard, cans, plastic and glass. Berrymans deal with the glass recyclables and Heys with everything else. Both of these contracts are now up for renewal.  

 At this stage no further details regarding the value of the contract or how long it is for are known, but will be available in the more detailed tender document when it is released.

A council spokesman did however admit that the current materials handling facility was in need of some modernisation, and by putting it out to contract it was hoped that a private contractor would be able to make the necessary improvements.

He said: “The site currently used needs some investment put into it, so part of this process is to see whether there is anyone who would be willing to take that on. It is council-run at the moment so it is considering outsourcing it to a private contractor.”

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