Three in the running for waste contract

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


A SHORTLIST of three companies hoping to take on waste services on the Island has been drawn up by the Isle of Wight Council.

The council announced today (Wednesday) that Biffa, AmeyCespa and Veolia were all in the running to take on the contract for waste collection and treatment from October 2015.

The contract could last between 15 and 25 years and be worth between £115 million and £225 million. It will succeed the existing contract with Biffa subsidiary Island Waste Services, which has been in place since 1997.

The council said it hoped the new contract would increase recycling, reduce landfill and provide value for money.

The three companies must present detailed proposals this summer and the shortlist will be reduced to two contractors in the autumn. They will go through to the final tendering phase and the successful company will be chosen in August 2015.

Executive member for finance and the PFI contract Cllr Jon Gilbey said: "At a time when the council is facing increasing financial challenges, it is really important that the new contract is affordable and offers value for the council over the life of the contract. 

"In addition, we need to achieve the best recycling rates possible and divert as much waste as possible away from landfill to avoid costly landfill tax."

Executive member for sustainability Cllr Luisa Hillard said: "Our procurement team has been working very hard to make sure that this new contract will be more in-keeping with the council’s aspirations and the Island’s sustainable community strategy.

"We are looking for increased community benefit as well as large financial savings to get wide-ranging value for our residents. I am confident that through this new contract will see increased sustainability for the future of the Isle of Wight."

About the companies:
Oxford-based waste management company which already has contracts in Cambridgeshire, North Yorkshire, Scotland and Milton Keynes.

Set up the subsidiary Island Waste Services, which has been responsible for waste management on the Isle of Wight since 1997.

Provides services including waste management, street cleansing, recycling and park maintenance, in more than half of all London boroughs.


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by alan naylor

4th April 2014, at 02:56:59

Everything out sourced Fire Police Medical Rubbish why do we need a local coucil and what do they do all day

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by Valerie Ching

3rd April 2014, at 10:20:15

Considering the money assigned to setting up this contract, it is good to hear that the procurement team has "been working very hard". I personally think that 25 years is way long for any contract to last. 18 year old voters today will be mid forties by then. No good saying we can change anything before then by democratic voting either, because with outsourcing you can't.

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by Patrick Hall

3rd April 2014, at 10:16:29

@Paul Clipstone, Your comment about back handers could land you in serious trouble and I hope you have very good grounds for saying such a thing.

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by Colin Barton

3rd April 2014, at 09:10:42

How exciting!

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by John Heelan

2nd April 2014, at 18:16:40

A choice between a Spanish company, a French company and Investment bankers?

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by Bryan Reed

2nd April 2014, at 17:14:12

No Mr Pugh is involved in political lobbying via a company called Cratus Communications

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by Neil King

2nd April 2014, at 14:30:21

No mr pugh now works at mcdonalds...

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by Richard Taylor

2nd April 2014, at 13:46:28

Did not the late, but not lamented, Mr Pugh go and work for Biffa after his demise? You have been warned!

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

2nd April 2014, at 11:59:52

Veolia french isnt it ? Perhaps they want to invade the Island again, mind you if they did get a foothold lookout Southern Vectis your monopoply on public bus transport could look a bit shaky, might not be a bad thing?

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by David Blackford

2nd April 2014, at 09:15:04

Umm, if it's that popular maybe we are paying too much

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