Cabinet considers renewed contracting out for waste and recycling

Published: Monday, 07 November 2016

The Borough Council is to consider continuing to outsource its environmental services under a new contract when its current arrangement with Enterprise Managed Services Ltd, part of the Amey Group, comes to an end in June 2018.

A proposal being discussed by the Council’s Cabinet next week could see the launch of a procurement process to select a company to provide environmental services in the Borough when the current contract ends. These services include waste and recycling, street cleansing and the maintenance of cemeteries, parks and allotments.

The Borough Council has worked with experts to consider the options for delivering waste services, and has come down to a short-list of three: bringing the service back in–house; setting up or using an existing local authority-owned company or continuing to contract out the service and going back to the market to award a new contract.

Each of the three options was examined in detail, and whilst all three are likely to be more expensive than the current contract, overall contracting out performed better on an assessment of quality, risk and value.

The Cabinet is therefore being asked to agree to continue to contract out the service, and to begin the procurement process for a new contract. Cabinet is also being asked to set aside up to £400,000 from reserves to fund the procurement process. 

Cllr Jonathan Nunn, Acting Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “We looked in detail at the different options available for providing these critical services to make sure that we are aware of the latest and best approach to them. This assessment was carried out for us by experts in the field of waste management, and to be certain that the assessment process was thorough, PWC our Internal Auditors were also asked to take a good look at it.  Following consideration of the findings, we have decided to recommend to Cabinet that the Council continues to outsource.

“We also consulted a broad range of groups and commissioned a survey as part of this appraisal and the feedback from that will be used to help shape the service, ensuring we get the best possible quality and value we can, as we move forward in the procurement process.”

Northampton Borough Council, working with Daventry District Council, entered into a seven-year environmental services contract with Enterprise in 2011.

The delivery model for environmental services will be discussed at the Cabinet meeting taking place in the Guildhall at 6pm on Wednesday 16 November.