Progress on Council’s Waste Services contracts
Progress on Bass Coast Shire Council’s Waste Services contracts continues, with tenders for the operation and management of Council’s waste services and facilities for the next 10 years advertised in January.
The two separate Waste Service contracts being tendered are:
Waste Services – includes kerbside garbage, recycling and organics collection and haulage, hard waste collection and public litter bins
Waste Facilities Services – includes the management and operation of transfer stations and landfill sites
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said the provision of waste services is an important function that the community has traditionally identified as a core service area of Council. It subsequently receives a lot of interest and generates some discussion in the community.
“Council is well aware of the public interest and feedback received regarding the future delivery of this important service to our community from the consultation undertaken during the development of the Waste Management Strategy 2015,” Cr Crugnale said.
“Council has included actions identified within the Strategy in the tender documents for opportunity to test the market, such as the establishment of a waste transfer station on Phillip Island, operations of a resale shop at the Wonthaggi Transfer Station, and implementation of a kerbside food and organics collection.
“The provision of a waste transfer station on Phillip Island has been a point of interest for many years and we look forward to seeing what options are presented for Council’s consideration.”
Council will consider all tender responses in accordance with its Procurement Policy and the Local Government Act. Council has appointed a probity advisor to assist with the process due to the size and importance of the contracts.
Council will consider awarding the contracts to the preferred tenderers at Council’s Ordinary Meeting in August 2016.
The successful tenderers will then begin prepare for the commencement of their contracts over the next 12 months to ensure that any service transitions are managed smoothly as the new contracts commence in September 2017.
This preparation will include a new fleet of garbage trucks, as well as the possible implementation of a food and garden organics collection, which may commence with the new contract period.