Surrey Heath Borough Council yesterday announced a council meeting to approve a new waste contract [NB: my photo attached],
Members of Surrey Heath Borough Council will meet on 9 November to consider the outcome of a procurement exercise to appoint a new waste and street cleaning contractor for the borough. The contract would be the first of its kind to provide services for four local authorities.
Surrey Heath is the final authority of the four to deliver its decision – the other three authorities (Elmbridge Borough Council, Woking Borough Council and Mole Valley District Council) have all already approved the contract.
The four authorities have been working together to procure the contract jointly in order to maximise economies of scale and drive down costs, whilst continuing to provide high quality waste collection and street cleaning services to their residents.
Analysis at the start of the project estimated a saving of more than £2 million per year could be achieved collectively for the four authorities. The actual savings achieved will be confirmed if all authorities approve the contract.
The four authorities are all members of the Surrey Waste Partnership and currently provide waste and recycling services which are designed to be convenient for residents, and achieve the highest rates of recycling in the county.
The new contract has a strong focus on high standards of customer service, and includes opportunities to develop the services in line with innovations emerging within the waste sector. The project has been part-funded by the Surrey Waste Partnership and supported by Surrey County Council as the waste disposal authority.
The joint contract will include all waste collections and associated activities including: collection of household waste and recycling; food waste; garden waste; textiles; electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE); bring banks; clinical waste; bulky waste; bin deliveries and commercial waste. It will also include street cleaning and associated activities including: street sweeping; bin emptying; weed control; graffiti; fly-tipping and fly posting removal.
Residents will continue to receive the same fortnightly recycling and refuse collections as the current arrangements. If changes to collection days are necessary, they will be communicated well in advance to avoid any confusion or inconvenience.
All four authorities must approve the outcome of the procurement exercise in order to award the contract to the winning bidder.
The contract will begin when the existing contracts in each authority expire; Elmbridge is the earliest to commence in June 2017, whilst the waste service will begin in Surrey Heath in February 2018. If agreed, the new contract would be overseen by a Joint Waste Committee made up of elected Members from each partner authority.
Councillor Vivienne Chapman, Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Community, said: “Surrey Heath Borough Council is committed to providing a reliable and convenient waste collection service which promotes recycling and represents value for money. This new contract will ensure we continue to deliver first-class waste collection and street cleaning services to our residents – who already achieve some of the highest recycling rates in the country.
“By buying a contract jointly with other Surrey Waste Partnership authorities, we will be able to maximise savings which will benefit Surrey Heath tax payers for the length of this contract.
“Should this contract be approved by all four authorities, it will deliver excellent services for our residents, and will ensure we continue protecting our environment by sending more and more of our household waste for recycling.”