Cory, Veolia and SITA are amongst nine contractors to have taken places on the UK’s first waste management services framework, iESE has announced.
The controversial framework, which was snubbed by a raft of large waste firms who questioned its value for money, is now open to 141 councils across England.
Two more firms which are expected to take the final finalising contracts.
IESE chairman, Paul Bettison said the framework, which allows councils to place call-off contracts individually or in partnership, appointing a single contractor for up to 10 years.
He added: “Before now, councils have had to approach the waste services market alone meaning that the potential power in their combined £1.7bn spend is lost.
“With our framework covering the services that really matter to people, councils now have the opportunity to deliver even better services, save money, and work with waste contractors in a much more transparent way.”
The framework attracted a lukewarm reaction from the industry last month with less than half of the firms invited to tender submitting bids. Key firms including Kier and Serco opted not to bid, while earlier in the year, consultants warned that the framework could prove costly for both councils and contractors.
However, Javier Peiro, managing director at Urbaser, one of the firms on the framework said it was an efficient procurement route for local authorities.
“Urbaser believes that the iESE Waste Management Framework represents a big step forward for the UK waste management municipal marketplace,” he said. “We are excited to be included within the scheme and believe that it can offer excellent value for money for all interested parties.”
The nine contractors appointed so far include:
AmeyCespa, Cory Environmental Management, Enterprise Managed Services, London Re-Use Network, Quadron Services, SITA UK, Urbaser,Veolia FCC Environment and Environmental Services (UK).
The framework is free for councils to use as participating suppliers pay an annual subscription and % rebate which allows iESE to manage it and provide the necessary support to councils. All charges will be annually reviewed to ensure they remain fair and reasonable.