Somerset Waste Partnership begins procurement process for new collections contractor
Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has launched the procurement process to find a new kerbside waste collection operator to service the 250,000 households in they county following the publication of an OJEU notice.
The process was triggered in November last year after SWP decided to call time on its contract with previous partner Kier on 27 March 2020 - 18 months early - in order to implement its ‘Recycle More’ strategy, which consists of comprehensive weekly recycling and food waste collections and three-weekly residual waste collections and was voted through by councillors in December 2016.
In the coming months, suppliers will be invited to bid for a contract to include recycling, refuse and garden waste collections for the whole county - one of the largest single collection contracts in the UK, with SWP managing waste and recycling services for Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and West Somerset District Councils, Taunton Deane Borough Council and Somerset County Council.
SWP, under the new leadership of Mickey Green, who replaced outgoing Steve Read as Managing Director of SWP back in October, is seeking to harmonise changes to the three unified deals in an attempt to drive recycling rates from 53 per cent to 60 per cent and beyond, while improving services and saving millions of pounds in waste costs.
As the first county-wide waste partnership, SWP has a long history of innovation that has seen introduction of such things as the first kerbside separated food waste collection service at scale, and the first annual recycling End Use Register.
Cllr Derek Yeomans, Chair of the Somerset Waste Board, said: “While this is certainly about taking a quantum leap forward in our recycling rates, it’s equally about finding a partner to share SWP’s wider vision for the future.
“They will not see their job as simply collecting waste and recycling but will share our ambition to create an exemplar service, demonstrating an absolute commitment to environmental quality while delivering excellent value for money.”
The new contract is scheduled to begin from March 2020, while the OJEU notice can be found on the OJEU website, while further information can be found on the Supplying the South West procurement portal.