Preferred bidder announced for major contract

Enterprise Managed Services Ltd has been named as the preferred bidder for the Environmental Services contract.

Street Sweeper sweeping the streets

This contract covers waste, recycling and street cleaning. It also includes parks and grounds maintenance and the provision of burial and cemetery services.

In a report put before Ealing Council’s Cabinet on Tuesday, 26 July, councillors heard that the Environmental Service Contract 2012 is worth approximately £17million a year.

The new contract will start in two phases from January 2012, and includes improvements to the current service. These include a better quality of street cleaning with more sweeping taking place. Streets will also be cleaned the same day as refuse and recycling collections, but after the collection has taken place so any spilt waste will be dealt with immediately – currently they are cleaned the day after a collection. Bins in parks will also be emptied more frequently. It is expected the contract will be for 15 years.

Key considerations for the council in awarding the contract are residents’ satisfaction, minimising waste, increasing recycling rates and the continued improvement of street cleaning, as well as value for money.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “The Environmental Services Contract is important because it deals with refuse, recycling, street cleanliness and parks maintenance and so affects all our residents.  It is crucial we get the balance right between delivering the best possible service while getting good value.

“During the tendering process for this new contract we asked service providers to look at numerous options so we could get the absolute best for our residents. It is anticipated this new contract will save us millions of pounds annually.”