East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council invite applications for waste contracts worth £200 million

East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council are inviting companies to apply for contracts worth around £200 million to deal with the area’s waste for 10 years.

The contracts will be for the management of waste collected from the bins, including the composting of garden waste and food waste, the recycling of glass, paper, plastics, cans and Tetra Pak, and the treatment of remaining waste; and the management of the household waste recycling sites and centres.

In 2011, the councils announced the end in 2014 of their waste management contract with FCC Environmental (previously WRG). All the new contacts will be for 10 years starting from April 2014.

The new contracts will take account of the results of the consultation earlier this year between the councils and their residents over the Joint Sustainable Waste Management Strategy.

As a result of the feedback from residents and community groups, the waste targets through to 2020 include:

* ERYC: A recycling target of 62 per cent by 2015\16 and 65 per cent by 2020\21

* HCC: A recycling target of 55 per cent by 2015\16 and 60 per cent by 2020\21

* A landfill diversion target of 85 per cent by 2015/16 and 90 per cent by 2020/21

* A reduction in the amount of biodegradable waste sent to landfill to 15 per cent of the 1995 level by 2020/21

* An increase in the recycling rate of the council’s internal waste to 65 per cent by 2020/21

* Customer satisfaction levels of 90 per cent for their waste management services, and a performance within the top 10 per cent of similar waste management systems

* Reduced CO2 emissions relating to waste management services by 2 per cent to 3 per cent per year.

The new contracts involve a number of lots. Applications may be made for one or more lots but the companies must demonstrate their suitability, capability and capacity for each lot for which they apply.

To encourage the involvement of a wide range of companies and to ensure the councils achieve best value, a range of contract options will be considered.

The councils are starting the process by inviting expressions of interest from suitably qualified companies in order to compile a shortlist of tenderers. The selection of the shortlist will be based on a pre-qualification questionnaire which must be returned by noon on the 4 October.

Between now and then, a joint team from both councils will offer briefings on 20 and 21 September to interested companies to ensure they are able to meet the requirements in the contracts.

Those companies that pass the pre-tender stage will then go forward to next stage, which will start when the councils issue the tender documents early next year. After an elimination process, the successful companies will be awarded the contracts.