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Dartford councillors choose Urbaser for waste contract

Dartford Borough Council has appointed Urbaser to run its £4m a year waste collection and street cleaning contract, subject to a ’standstill’ period during which the decision can be challenged.

The company succeeds incumbent Amey, which Dartford said pulled out of the bidding because of “business restructuring”.

A council report said that Urbaser and the other bidder FCC were fully compliant with the specification and within budget for the contract, which is for five years, renewable for a further two.

“Both bids were very close to each other, both in terms of price and quality”, the report said. Each was scored 60% on price and 40% on quality.

There were 22 expressions of interest but FCC and Urbaser were the only firms to bid.

Both companies are already active nearby, with Urbaser appointed from April to a new collection contract for Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells councils, while FCC is the waste disposal contractor for Kent County Council.

Dartford’s collection schedule is weekly for refuse, fortnightly for recycling and also fortnightly for garden waste, which the council said the pattern asked for by the public in a consultation.

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