Only one other company made a full bid when Biffa displaced Veolia as Waverley Borough Council’s refuse, recycling and street cleaning contractor, the council has revealed.
Last month, Biffa won the eight-year contract, which starts in November 2019 and is worth £4.7m a year – equivalent to £37.6m over its full term. The deal can be extended for two periods of eight years.
Under questioning from independent councillor David Beaman, the council’s Conservative portfolio holder for environment Andrew Bolton said there had been seven bids received in all, of which three were judged unacceptable.
Four progressed to the bid stage but only one other company submitted a full bid, both of which were assessed on a split of 60% price and 40% quality.
Bolton declined on confidentiality grounds to say whether the other bidder was Veolia, which has held the contract for 14 years.
Biffa will provide a new fleet of vehicles for Waverley and introduce textile and small WEEE kerbside recycling collections.
South Staffordshire District Council recently said uncertainty over the much-anticpiated resources and waste strategy and the EU circular economy package had led it to extend its contract with Biffa for two years rather than take up a seven-year option.