25 November 2020 by Steve Eminton

Biffa’s Cornwall contract valued at £273 million

The value of Biffa’s new contract with Cornwall council to provide waste collection services from February 2021 has been revealed by the authority at £273,584,785 (excluding VAT).

Biffa was announced as preferred bidder in January 2020 (see letsrecycle.com story) and the contract sees Biffa continuing to provide services for Cornwall. Biffa is the incumbent contractor following its 2016 acquisition of Cory Environmental Municipal Services, which had held the contract since 2011.

Cornwall said that the new contract will start on 1 February 2021 for an initial period of 8 years with the option to extend for 10 years. The contract award was through a competitive dialogue process with Quality/Weighting of 40% and Price/Weighting of 60%.

Households and commercial

The contract will cover the collection of dry recyclable, residual and biologically degradable waste from households and commercial properties, and the cleansing of streets and public open spaces, including beaches, as well as the service provision for the likes of office waste, bulky waste, clinical waste and other associated services.

Councillor Rob Nolan with one of Cornwall council’s new Biffa recycling lorries (picture: Cornwall council)

And a contract aim is to actively manage materials used and discarded in Cornwall “in a sustainable manner to improve the value of these services in Cornwall to all customers, and the cleanliness of the county”.

Social value

The local authority will also require Biffa to implement a range of social value-based initiatives to realise socio-economic benefits.

After the formal signing earlier this month (2 November), Roger Edwards, managing director of Biffa’s municipal division, said: “We are delighted to continue our working partnership with Cornwall council. Our aim is to continue to develop and provide new services for everyone in the county and the introduction of the new vehicle fleet, along with the latest technology, will support our plans.”

There was one other bidder for the contract, Suez Recycling and Recovery UK.


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