10 December 2012
One of the top 15 multi-disciplinary consultancies in Europe, WYG recently provided technical and procurement advice to the East Sussex Waste Collection Partnership in a competitive dialogue procurement exercise which is expected to save local taxpayers an estimated £30m over the next decade.
East Sussex Waste Collection Partnership comprises the Borough Councils of Eastbourne & Hastings and Rother & Wealden District Councils, and covers a combined population of over 420,000 which is significantly boosted by more than 7.6m million tourists who visit Eastbourne, Hastings and the surrounding areas each summer.
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. In addition to bringing efficiencies and economies of scale, the contract will also minimise environmental impacts by achieving a minimum recycling rate of 50% 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”.
Pictured: Cllr Bob Standley (Wealden), Cllr Jeremy Birch (Hastings), Nicola Peake (Kier), Cllr Gill Mattock (Eastbourne) and Cllr Tony Ganly (Rother)
Notes to Editors
WYG is an established global management and technical consultancy to the built and natural environment that collaborates with clients in over 40 countries to help them realise their corporate and project ambitions.
A top 15 European consultancy and employing more than 1,400 people around the world, WYG has the expertise for every stage of a project’s life-cycle from planning and design to building and completion.
WYG takes enormous pride in the work it does and has been recognised with several prestigious industry awards including: ROSPA Gold Medal Award 2012; Institution of Structural Engineers (Lancashire & Cheshire Branch) ‘Best Large Project in the North West’ and Concrete Society sustainability awards 2012 for Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Student Hub & Business School; S-Lab ‘Best Student Accommodation’ and Your Move Property ‘Best New Laboratory Building’ awards 2012 for University of Liverpool, Vine Court.
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