Epping Forest District Council
Ricardo carried out a comprehensive waste collection service assessment for Epping Forest District Council.
Epping Forest District Council is a Waste Collection Authority in Essex with 54,4000 households in a predominantly rural area. The Council has an overall recycling and composting rate of 60% and operates a contracted-out household waste collection service which includes management of its dry recyclables.
As their current waste collection and dry recyclables processing contract expires in 2024, the Council reached out to Ricardo in 2020 to explore the financial and operational performance of the current contract, and to assess the current waste contract market and lead market players (soft market testing) to inform their procurement strategy. This included future possible changes to the market caused either by contractors or by changes in legislation before the contract expiry date, affecting both the waste collection and street cleansing operations and the dry recyclables reprocessing market.
With Ricardo’s support, Epping Forest District Council was able to gather, assess, and scrutinise the performance data of their current service levels and the current marketplace, enabling the Council to make well-informed decisions regarding their preferred procurement process. Ricardo also assisted the Council to explore the option of developing their own Depot and compare that predicted outcome to the current market contracts.
“Ricardo have provided a comprehensive analysis of the current service levels and the current marketplace, enabling the Council to make well-informed decisions. I would be happy to engage Ricardo on any future consultancy that the Council may require” said service manager James Warwick.
Ricardo conducted a high-level value-for-money review of the Council’s current services, comprising waste, street cleansing and recycling processes, developing ‘ghost bid’ service models and an assessment of potential impacts to material changes in the recycling market compared to the current contract, along with an assessment of infrastructure options and the current waste market.
The Council also wished to explore the costs and operational implications of developing their own Depot, and how effective this could be as a strategic asset. Ricardo carried out a complete service assessment, from the collection process to the processing, sorting, and sale of recyclables to establish which collection methods and ways of treating the materials after collection are of greatest benefit to the Council.
This process included benchmarking current service performance and costings for the services, enabling a comparative appraisal of current costs against likely tender prices.
Ricardo also provided a provisional costing and benefits analysis of the development of a dedicated Depot and carried out an assessment of potential impacts to material changes in the recycling market compared to the current contract.
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