Southend City Cabinet members will discuss feedback given by the waste industry and be asked to agree a two-stage procurement process to get a new recycling, waste and cleansing contract in place by 2024.
Following Full Council earlier this year, it was agreed that council officers would speak to the leading companies in the waste industry - to help inform the procurement approach and understand current best practice in the sector. This took place in March 2022 through six in-depth 'market engagement sessions' which covered collection methods and frequency, sustainability and the environment, customer experience and education and finances/value for money.
The two-stage procurement process would see bidders submit two priced outline proposals in late 2022 - one for a full weekly collection service and a second allowing bidders more flexibility in their proposal. Cabinet will then will then be asked to decide on the service model required and frequency of collection ahead of the second stage of procurement. This will need a more detailed proposal which will be evaluated ahead of the awarding of a contract in autumn 2023. A new contract would start in May 2024, with an extension to the current Veolia contract to be put in place in the meantime.
Cllr Paul Collins, Cabinet member for asset management and inward investment said "These sessions have been incredibly useful for us to better understand the waste sector, the current challenges it faces and how that affects us and help inform our approach to the procurement of this new contract. This report clearly lays out the feedback from the industry, and a two-stage procurement process will allow Cabinet to make an informed choice towards the end of the year about what sort of waste contract we want to go for in the future, taking into account a range of issues including environmental and financial factors alongside frequency and method of collection, for example."