Tandridge District Council has today made it commitment to the country's first ever UK Waste Management Services Framework
The Framework, led by The Improvement and Efficiency Social Enterprise (iESE) aims to assist councils in getting a better deal on their £1.7bn anticipated spend on waste services over the next four years.
It is available to 141 councils across Southern England, London and the West Midlands and has the potential to save them up to £85m.
Jointly set up with the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB), the Framework will cover four service areas: recycling and waste collection; street cleansing; grounds maintenance and bulky waste collection.
It has been partly funded by Defra through the wider iESE National Waste Support Programme and has been supported during its development by Keep Britain Tidy and WRAP.
Cllr Paul Bettison, Chairman of iESE, said: "The collective approach of the Waste Services Framework solves this problem. It offers councils a compliant and free solution to the waste market with the flexibility to specify levels of service and performance, tailored to their own local needs. It will save both time and council taxpayers' money and will cut red tape and the bureaucracy with which councils are currently faced. Suppliers also benefit from a much quicker and more consistent tender process.
"Our framework covers the services that really matter to people, giving councils the opportunity to deliver even better services, save money, and work with waste contractors in a much more transparent way. Having Tandridge District Council's commitment to the Framework is fantastic news. As more councils come on board, the greater the market leverage will be."
From now on, councils joining the Waste Services Framework will be able to award contracts in half the time through a mini competition process. Suppliers (1) pay a membership to be part of this innovative solution and, as in common practice across procurement frameworks; a percentage rebate on the total contract value is paid for the 4 years the framework exists.
All councils involved in the framework will receive support throughout the mini-competition process. The bespoke packages of support will be delivered by iESE, who has a wealth of experience in managing major markets, using best procurement practice and implementing change to deliver significant improvements and savings.
As part of Tandridge District Council's commitment to the Waste Services Framework, iESE will also ensure: