New waste service expected to save taxpayers £3m a year

WYG are one of the top fifteen multi disciplinary consultancies within Europe, and they have recently provided both procurement and technical advice to the East Sussex Waste Collection Partnership.

This is a competitive procurement exercise that is expected to help local tax payers to save around £30m over the next 10 years.

The East Sussex Waste Collection Partnership is made up of the Eastbourne and Hasting borough councils and the district councils of Rother and Wealden and covers a population which, when combined, adds up to over 420,000 residents. This figure also sees a significant boost of over 7.6m during the summer from the tourists who head to Eastbourne and the surrounding area.

Designed to bring together the services of the partner authorities, the ten year contract which covers waste collection, recycling, street & beach cleaning and associated services has been awarded to Kier Street Services. In addition to bringing efficiencies and economies of scale, the contract will also minimise environmental impacts by achieving a minimum recycling rate of 50 per cent as well as providing excellent customer service.

Vehicle mounted smart phones and PDAs will be integrated with Council customer service systems to give a closer understanding of what is happening “on the ground” and allow the Councils to deal with any problems more efficiently. The use of technology will also allow tighter performance analysis and quality management, with individual Councils remaining in control of charges for service provision in their area.

WYG Project Director, Len Attrill said: “This is a great result for the authorities and their residents and shows just how effective competitive dialogue can be in minimising costs and boosting service performance.”

There will be a phased start to the contract, commencing with Eastbourne and Wealden in April 2013, followed by Hastings in July 2013 and Rother in April 2014.  The new collection system involves one black bin for residual waste, one green bin for recycling (including card, paper, a wide range of plastics, cans, tins and textiles) and a box for glass. Residents may also opt into garden waste collection services (using a brown bin).

WYG has significant experience in the environmental arena having contributed to policy development and implementation in a large number of environmental management, recycling and energy efficiency schemes in the UK and overseas including several large Government funded projects in Poland and Georgia.

Director for Waste Management Services at WYG, Ben Arnold said: “Our waste procurement consultants excel in finding innovative approaches to the complex challenges faced by local councils in meeting financial and stakeholder objectives.  The joint procurement of services by partnered local authorities can often provide more efficient and effective ways of working for both Councils and Contractors”.