Next step forward towards new environmental services contract

Published: Tuesday, 04 April 2017

The results of extensive public consultation on environmental services in Northampton have helped shape a new specification for the service.

The specification will be sent to the companies bidding to take on the new contract, if Cabinet approves the plan at a meeting on Wednesday 12 April.

The current environmental services contract for the Borough ends in June 2018 and a new contractor is being sought through a competitive procurement process.

Nine companies initially expressed an interest in bidding for the contract. These were scored against a number of criteria and as a result, five have been shortlisted and asked to submit an initial tender.

The bidders will be asked to put forward service proposals that are based on the priorities identified by the public during an extensive period of consultation that was carried out earlier in the process - the provision of a fortnightly recycling collection, where all materials except food waste are collected together in one bin; a kitchen waste collection service and a free garden waste collection service.

While this level of service is likely to add more to the cost of the new contract, any new proposals must be affordable within the Council’s budgetary constraints.

The bidders will also be given the option to lease Borough Council depots at Westbridge and other locations in the town.

Tender documents will go out to the shortlisted bidders soon and will be returned for evaluation during the summer.

Cllr Jonathan Nunn, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “Nine thousand residents gave their views about this, and the enormous response to our public consultation exercise shows that these very important services really matter to people.

“We want to ensure that the contractor selected through this procurement process can deliver to the high quality that people expect and in a way that we can afford.”

The environmental services contract will be discussed at a Cabinet meeting taking place at the Guildhall at 6pm on Wednesday 12 April.