The Executive of the Isle of Wight Council last night (Tuesday) agreed AmeyCespa as the preferred bidder and Veolia as the reserve bidder, allowing details to be finalised in relation to the contract before its final award.
The new waste contract is designed to increase recycling on the Island and minimise the amount of household waste sent for landfill and deliver savings on the current cost of the service.
The preferred bidder was selected following an extensive and detailed tendering process and evaluation of the various bidders’ proposals, set against strict criteria developed by the council.
The preferred and reserve bidders were the two final bidders from an initial five bids made to the council.
Both bidders included a range of innovative solutions in their proposals, designed to maximise value for money for the council.
As well as recycling and waste collection and treatment, in line with the council’s sustainability objectives the new contract includes a requirement to operate a re-use and waste minimisation service.
The process was undertaken in accordance with the strict EU rules on procurement for contracts of this nature.
Executive member for sustainability, environment and public realm, Councillor Luisa Hillard, said:
“We are very pleased to have selected our preferred bidder for the new contract to deliver waste collection and treatment services for the Island over the next few decades.
“Both bids were very high quality and this has been a thorough and very complex process. I am confident that this long-term contract will be future proof, in accordance with good practice and will build on lessons learned from the past.
“We have ensured the new contract is affordable and offers value for money to our residents while achieving the best possible recycling rates and increased sustainability. It also promises to deliver real community and social benefit for the Island.”
Council leader, Councillor Jonathan Bacon, said:
“This new contract is a huge step forward for the Isle of Wight and follows an extensive and highly detailed procurement process to ensure we have a modern, efficient and effective waste collection and treatment service for many years to come.”
The new contract replaces the existing integrated waste management contract which has been operated by Island Waste Services (a subsidiary of Biffa Ltd) since 1997, and which expires in October this year.
The core services under the new contract will include: the collection, treatment and disposal of household waste and recyclable material; the provision of civic amenity sites and bottle banks; the provision of reuse and minimisation services; and the treatment and disposal of waste delivered by third parties.