Waltham Forest awards neighbourhood services contract to Urbaser SA

20 March 2019

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Waltham Forest awards neighbourhood services contract to Urbaser SA

  •  Contract awarded due to high quality of bid as well as value for money for taxpayers
  • The new service will begin in Autumn 2019

 The contract to provide neighbourhood services including waste collection, street cleansing, and grounds maintenance in Waltham Forest has been awarded to Urbaser SA, to start from Autumn 2019. It follows on from the council’s decision to re-procure neighbourhood services in April 2017.

The contract has been awarded over a period of eight years, with the option to renew for a further eight years. Urbaser SA will add to their street cleansing and grounds maintenance operation in the borough the waste collection contract. They will take over from the current contractor Kier.

The Urbaser SA bid was selected from the tenders submitted based on the high-quality of the services offered as well as the value for money to the taxpayer. The combined contract is worth approximately £12.8m per annum over the eight-year period.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “We know from residents that reliable waste and recycling collections are really important to them, we believe this contract will maintain the levels of reliability that our residents have been accustomed too.

“The contract also covers grounds maintenance and street cleansing in Waltham Forest. Urbaser have years of experience and are widely respected across the industry for their delivery. They will support and help us strive to maintain clean, safe and green neighbourhoods all across Waltham Forest, from Leytonstone to Chingford and everywhere in between, to benefit all of our residents.”

As well as continuing to collect a wide range of items for recycling, including cans, bottles, paper, cardboard, juice cartons, plastic pots, tubs and trays as well as food and garden waste for composting, the new contract between the council and Urbasser SA will introduce new items for collection from your doorstep which include textiles, household batteries, and small electrical goods. These new items will be collected from the Spring 2020, thereby helping residents to recycle even more of their waste.

 Residents should not notice any changes when the new service is introduced in October 2019. There will be no immediate alterations to rounds or collection days. From March 2020, Urbaser plan to introduce new collection vehicles and work over a longer day to make the service even more efficient. At this point rounds and collection days may be reviewed. If there are any changes these will be communicated to householders and property managers with as much notice as possible. 

The new grounds maintenance service contract includes new sustainability measures, including requirements that all weed control in public parks is carried out by non-chemical means and that green waste collected from public parks is collected for compost. The contract also requires Urbaser to support the council in maintaining Green Flag status at Ridgeway Park, Leyton Jubilee Park, and Lloyd Park.