Every local authority will have a statutory duty to structure their waste collections to allow recycling or composting.
These will need to include individual streams, with an exemption only where a:
Comprehensive planning at the outset around how to adapt waste collection and disposal is essential. Authorities will need to ensure that they meet their statutory duty, provide the best environmental outcome and deliver value for money.
Each local authority has bespoke arrangements for waste collection and disposal; so there will be no blueprint to follow and what works for one may not work for another. Investing time and resources at the planning stage is therefore essential.
Start with an appraisal of the options and take stock of current waste disposal arrangements at a practical, technical and legal level. Importantly, identify the art of the possible and use the challenge as an opportunity to realise value.
Unless authorities already have separate collection and disposal arrangements for food waste streams - or carry out all food waste collection and treatment in-house, there will be a range of issues to consider at the practical, technical and legal level including:
All need to be viewed in the round to ensure that the benefits are realisable and affordable.
If the local authority decides to outsource the disposal of separately-collected food waste, it will need a procurement strategy for the new contract and any variation of existing arrangements. Principally this will involve considering:
The choice of procurement procedure and form of contract used are critical to driving best value from the procurement. In some cases – likely a minority, it will be appropriate to procure a contract on the local authority’s standard terms using the open procedure.
However, the potential value derived from a competitive tender that involves some dialogue or negotiation over a bespoke form of contract, cannot be underestimated. This is especially true when letting a contract for a new service, where the commercial opportunities need to be explored.
By outsourcing on a balanced contract that allocates risks to the parties best able to control those risks, local authorities could:
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