Council collaboration the key to better bin collection

15 June 2011

15 June 2011 | Lindsay Clark

Better procurement can increase the efficiency of waste management and at the same time improve the service to the public.

A government policy review said that local authorities needed the tools and expertise to procure waste services better, both by working together to achieve economies of scale and by using framework contracts based on minimum service standards.

“Joint working will give authorities stronger bargaining power when setting up contracts and allow for economies of scale, such as in procuring collection fleets,” the report said.

The Departmentfor Environment Food and Rural Affairs, which published the review, said it already worked closely with council advisory agency Improvement and Efficiency SouthEast (iESE) to support collaborative working. Funding has already been given to a number of developing partnerships across the country to improve waste services procurement, it said.

“Nearly every local authority in England now accesses the Waste Improvement Network [which provides advice on purchasing and framework deals], administered by iESE with Defra support, and many ..rely on iESE expertise and advice on procurement, partnership creation or on conducting efficiency health checks,” the review added.

The government is also looking for businesses to promote sustainable procurement to reduce waste materials in their supply chains. At the same time, it committed to make it easier for businesses to “do the right thing” with their waste and resources by practising sustainable procurement in its own operations.

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