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Expressions of Interest for Waste and Street Cleaning

Published Thursday 6 January, 2022
Last updated on Thursday 6 January, 2022

Expressions of interest are currently being sought for Swale’s new waste and street cleansing contract due to start in October 2023.

The Mid-Kent Waste Partnership, made up of Swale Borough Council, Ashford Borough Council and Maidstone Borough Council, is seeking expressions of interest for a new eight-year contract. A range of bidding stages will take place throughout the year with final decisions made late 2022.

Cllr Julian Saunders, cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

“We’re inviting experienced firms to bid for the new waste contract.

“We have listened to what residents told us in the waste survey last year and aim to keep the current alternate weekly collection of refuse and recycling, along with weekly food waste. Garden waste and other specialist collections will also remain on offer. Residents like the one ‘comingled’ recycling wheelie bin so we intend to keep that as long as we are allowed to.

“Unfortunately, at the same time as trying to secure the new contract, the government are considering major changes to how councils collect waste. We don’t know the extent of the proposed changes yet but have responded to Government consultations and asked our local MPs for support to get the best outcome for our residents. We need to ensure we are not locked into an eight year contract that will not meet their requirements.”

Cllr Eddie Thomas, deputy cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

“We’ve been preparing for the new contract for a year already. We recognise that street cleansing was a key concern of residents and are looking to remedy this in the new service.

“We need a resilient and reliable service that provides value for money and the ability to meet our climate change responsibilities and that’s why we’ve decided to continue our partnership with Ashford and Maidstone councils.

The expressions of interest are being managed by Ashford Borough Council.