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Local Authority Waste Contracts – The Current State of Play

WRM have supported many private sector organisations bidding on public waste contracts and as a result have extensive experience of recognising the components that make up a strong tender bid. While the basics of the tendering process have changed little over the years, WRM have noted that the quality of waste and recycling procurement documentation released by Local Authorities has varied substantially over this time period.

WRM recognise that a strong tender must always be informed by a good procurement strategy; a strategy that clearly outlines what is to be achieved and how it is to be achieved. In many cases, Local Authorities appear to rush into the procurement process to achieve a quick turnaround from Invitation to Tender (ITT) to contract mobilisation. WRM find that a procurement process conducted in this manner can often result in a vague tender being produced, and, in some instances, a clarification or augmentation of the requirements of the tender shortly after being released. This results in a situation where there is often a lack of clarity and direction to tenderers on what is required for the quality submission.

Consequently, WRM stress to Local Authorities the importance of making sure that ample time and consideration is given to producing a robust tender strategy. Such strategies provide a platform for subsequently producing tender documents that facilitate the production of higher quality responses from tenderers.

WRM have extensive experience of providing support to private sector organisations bidding on public sector waste contracts, as well as acting in a technical capacity to advise Local Authorities on the appropriate contents of their specification. If you require assistance on either of the above, then please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team.

James Hay – 07932 223997


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