A new waste management services framework, aimed at providing financial and time savings to more than 100 local authorities, has been launched by the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and Improvement and Efficiency South East (iESE).
The framework, which will run for four years from April 2012, is predicted to provide £85m of collective savings to authorities in London, the south-east, south-west and West Midlands, and will initially target those authorities which are “preparing to procure”.
Under the scheme, suppliers are being sought under a notice listed on the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) website, offering four categories of waste services, including recycling and waste collections and bulky waste, which are split into seven lots.
Procuring authorities would then be able to invite the framework contractors to quote for a service under one of the lots, without undergoing the full OJEU process.
LWARB chair James Cleverly said: ‘‘An estimated £220m is spent each year on waste collection in the capital. Not only can the framework help bring these costs down through joint procurement, it also supports the work LWARB is doing to promote efficiencies in the waste sector.”