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Cabinet to consider Cornwall’s new waste contract

Cabinet will meet on Thursday, 9 January to consider a final bidder for the Council’s new waste, recycling collection and street cleansing contract for Cornwall.

The procurement process was extended because bids received were unaffordable, exceeding the budget envelope available. Cornwall Council went back to the bidders with a revised specification seeking a reduction in price. Cabinet members will hear all the detail, but much of it cannot be put in the public domain just yet owing to commercial sensitivity.

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The Council will release the name of the preferred contractor once the final bidders have been informed.

Cllr Rob Nolan, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “Cornwall Council has done a thorough job in seeking best value for the public purse while also providing Cornwall with a high standard of recycling and waste collection services. Our plans are in line with the Government’s draft Environmental Bill and Cornwall Council’s Resource and Waste Strategy.

“We have now received highly competitive, professional bids with reduced prices, and this allows us to recommend to Cabinet that we award the contract. We are grateful to the bidders for their help in getting us to this stage.

“We are keen to press ahead with delivering these new services, and householders should see them rolled out during 2021. In the meantime, it would be good preparation for everyone to seek to minimise their waste and maximise their recycling using the current services – around 57% of the contents of the average black bin bag in Cornwall is made up of food waste or other recyclable materials.

“This is a time of exciting change for Cornwall to bring our services in line with the best elsewhere in England. Some of the top performing local authorities already operate weekly food waste and fortnightly recycling and rubbish collections.

“We acknowledge that householders will have many questions about the new collection services, and we will be in touch to give details well in advance of their introduction.

“The people of Cornwall told us clearly in the 2017 waste survey that they want to recycle as much as possible, and this new provision for food waste will help make this happen.”