Cash strapped councils should use competition for waste collections, ESA says

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Many local councils are opting to move services in-house or using a “Teckal” exemption from the Public Procurement Directives

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has called for local authorities to use competition to get the best value for money for waste collections.

Speaking at this year’s RWM at the NEC Birmingham, ESA executive director Jacob Hayler said more councils were moving away from competitive tender procedures for waste collections.

Many local councils are opting to move services in-house or using a 'Teckal' exemption from the Public Procurement Directives.

This is taking away the opportunity for councils to use the market to find the “best solutions”, Hayler argued.

Local authorities are under huge pressure to maintain service levels for their residents, raise recycling rates and save money, with Hayler recognising fears of moving into a locked contract.

He said: “Outsourced collection services can provide any degree of flexibility that councils require, provided that such flexibility is built into the commissioning and procurement of these services up-front.

“The risk for delivering a quality service to cost lies with the contractor and is enforced through its legal obligations under the contract. This provides transparency and accountability in the delivery of the services and value for money for local council tax payers.”


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