New waste and grounds contracts awarded
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has awarded its new waste collection and grounds maintenance contracts to Urbaser Limited and Continental Landscapes Ltd (CLL) respectively.
Following a rigorous procurement process evaluating bidders on a range of criteria, the contracts have been awarded for nine years from April 2020. The process was overseen by a cross-party procurement board and independent environmental consultancy, Eunomia Ltd, with legal support provided by Sharpe Pritchard.
Urbaser will provide waste and recycling collections and street cleaning services on a contract valued at around £4.6m per year.
CLL will carry out all grounds maintenance works, including grass and hedge cutting, planting, shrub and bedding maintenance and leaf clearance on a contract valued at around £1.1m per year.
Both new contracts closely match the existing contract values, while providing enhanced levels of service. From autumn 2020, this is set to include weekly food waste collections, and a weekly collection of small electrical items, textiles and household batteries.
Both Urbaser and CLL have strong track records working in partnership with many local authorities across the UK.
Ka Ng, Corporate Director at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, said:
We're really pleased to put new contracts in place that deliver value for money and better services for our residents. We know people want to recycle as much as they can and we're positive the borough's recycling rate will increase as we give residents more opportunities to do so.
We'll be working closely with Serco over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition and I would like thank them for their many years of hard work in the borough.
Javier Peiro, Managing Director, Urbaser Ltd says:
We are delighted to be awarded this contract and we look forward to working with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council to deliver these vital services to residents and service users. We are committed to enhancing the existing services to help achieve increased recycling rates whilst improving street cleanliness and implementing innovative solutions to reduce littering.
Bill Trotman, Managing Director of CLL, said:
We are a looking forward to developing our partnership with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and providing the residents with a high quality grounds maintenance service. We will deliver improved green spaces, a positive impact on the local environment and meaningful engagement with the local community.