The UK’s first major waste management procurement framework has invited tenders from 24 suppliers for contracts with a potential value of £1.7bn.
The procurement framework is managed by the Improvement and Efficiency South East (iESE) quango on behalf of 141 authorities and will appoint contractors to deliver services in a cost effective way.
Waste services offered by the framework will fall under four categories: recycling and waste collection, street cleaning, ground maintenance and bulky waste collection.
Cllr Paul Bettison, chairman of iESE, said “With waste management accounting for over £3bn of public sector spend annually, the framework will start to leverage savings for both councils and contractors in the procurement process, and ultimately lead to more effective services”.
IESE will manage the procurement in partnership with the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) with assistance from WRAP, West Midlands IEP and Keep Britain Tidy.
James Cleverly, chair of LWARB said “With waste management being one of the four highest spend areas for local government, in the current financial climate it is becoming more important to make savings wherever possible, whilst maintaining a high level of service.
“This framework provides transparency of contract costs for local authorities making it easier for benchmarking purposes. It will allow boroughs to realise real financial and time saving benefits from the process of procuring waste related services whilst also delivering reduced service costs.”