Surrey Waste Partnership have confirmed that five waste firms have been shortlisted to bid for a £100 million county-wide waste collection contract, which will cover the Elmbridge, Mole Valley, Surrey Heath and Woking district and borough councils.
Amongst the shortlisted companies are Biffa and Suez Environment; A spokesman for Biffa Municipal said:
“We are delighted to have received an invitation to tender for this opportunity with the Partnership. Biffa has had an operational presence in Surrey for many years, and we look forward to contributing positively to the process.”
At present, Biffa provides waste collection services to Woking, Surrey Heath and Mole Valley councils, while Veolia has a waste collection and street cleansing contract with Elmbridge borough council.
It is anticipated that the procurement could achieve combined savings of up to £2 million a year, as well as data to improve services and communication with residents.
Matt Smyth, chair of Surrey Waste Partnership’s officer group, stated in letsrecycle: “The four authorities are a strong committed partnership that is keen to achieve best value and service for its residents. They plan to take a collaborative approach to contract management, working with the successful contractor to develop and deliver the best service possible.”
Discussion sessions are scheduled to take place in September and October 2015 with submission of initial tenders by the five companies due to take place in April next year. Once the contract is awarded there will be a staggered start depending on when each council’s current contract ends.
The earliest to be in place will be in Elmbridge in June 2017, with the other three councils to follow over a two year period.