We are supporting St Albans Business Improvement District (BID) to procure a collaborative commercial waste contract, with the aim of securing a high quality, low cost waste collection service for businesses in the city.

St Albans BID has asked commercial waste collectors to put forward proposals to improve the bin collections that businesses in St Albans city centre receive, helping them to save money and recycle more. The tender documents are available here and the deadline for submitting tenders is 5pm on Thursday the 7th March 2019.

St Albans BID, which came into existence in April 2017 and currently represents 522 local businesses, is beginning the search for a contractor to offer a high-quality commercial waste and recycling collection across the city. The BID aims to introduce significant improvements for the benefit of its levy payers. As well as delivering cost savings, this procurement should improve the reliability and frequency of collections in the area, increase recycling rates and improve the local street scene.

St Albans BID is looking for a contractor who can:

  • Provide customers with at least one refuse and one dry mixed recycling collection each day (Monday-Saturday);
  • Offer separate collections of a range of different recycling streams, including card, glass and food waste;
  • Provide a range of containment options suited to the needs of customers – both sacks and a variety of different bin sizes; and
  • Offer excellent customer service.

The contract will be designed such that the greater the number of levy payers that sign up, the more they will save. As the contract attracts more customers, the waste collector’s service will become more efficient and, under the contract rules, the savings will be passed back to businesses. Annual price increases will be limited over the lifetime of the contract.

St Albans BID Manager Helen Burridge said:

“We are pleased to be launching this tender and are excited about the real benefit it will bring to St Albans city centre. After working with the organization Hubbub on a commercial waste review, we have a clear idea of what businesses in St Albans need from their waste and recycling collections. We look forward to seeing what commercial waste collectors can provide.”

Any licensed commercial waste collector is welcome to apply.

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