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May Gurney set to beat Biffa to council waste deal

May Gurney is being backed as the preferred bidder for a £126m waste collection contract in the north-west.

Senior officers at Cheshire West and Chester Council have recommended the contractor ahead of the council’s executive committee vote in September.

May Gurney had been shortlisted alongside Biffa for the contract to provide a waste collection service replacing three services inherited from former district councils.

The winning contractor will provide weekly collections of kitchen food waste and fortnightly collections of residual waste. 

The 14-year deal will start in April 2012 and cover kerbside collection, bring banks, processing of food and garden waste, sale of recyclables, cost of replacement containers and the provision of bulking sites, vehicles and plant. 

It will also include a bulky waste collection, reuse and recycling service which the new contractor will subcontract to local third sector group the Cheshire Furniture Reuse Forum.

Helen de Lemos, senior manager for waste strategy at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “May Gurney’s final tender scored highly on both quality and price.

“May Gurney’s proposal would see the council’s overall recycling increase from 48% to over 60% in year 2 while achieving collection savings of over £50m over the lifetime of the contract – well above the council’s target.” 

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