Policy paper

Household waste collection: procurement savings opportunities

This report demonstrates how local authorities can make savings by joining up their procurement processes where waste management goods are concerned.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Household waste collection: procurement savings opportunities

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This report has been developed with Local Partnerships (a joint agency of the Local Government Association and Her Majesty’s Treasury) for the Department for Communities and Local Government, to demonstrate how local authorities can make savings by joining up their procurement processes where waste management goods are concerned.

The government would encourage local authorities to build procurement partnerships to capitalise on the clear savings which can be achieved through better buying and more cost effective processes.

The government has introduced a range of key public sector procurement reforms for local government. It cannot deliver better local procurement itself but has created the right conditions for it by eliminating unnecessary red tape and removing barriers to local innovation.

Local authorities need to work together to deliver the best value for money, as well as share resources, knowledge and best practice. Ultimately, buying better is vital to help the public sector deliver its services.

The report and case study examples provide options for overcoming some of the perceived challenges facing local authorities in procuring waste management goods (i.e. wheeled bins and refuse collection vehicles) more effectively.

Published 29 March 2015