Recycling social enterprise wins largest ever local authority contract
The largest ever local authority environmental services contract to be awarded to a social enterprise organisation has been won by ECT Recycling.
The London borough of Ealing awarded a seven-year contract to provide recycling services as well as refuse collection and street cleaning today. The ‘Clean and Green’ contract is worth about £10 million for each year, and could be extended beyond the initial seven year period. I am confident that ECT will prove to be an excellent partner in developing and improving our waste and recycling service,
Announcing the contract award, Councillor John Delaney, Ealing’s cabinet member for streets and environment, said: ‘Refuse collection and recycling are issues that affect every one of our residents and therefore the Clean and Green contract is one of the council’s largest and most important contracts.
‘I am confident that ECT will prove to be an excellent partner in developing and improving our waste and recycling service,’ Cllr Delaney added.
Ealing’s 122,000 households generated 166,901 tonnes of waste in 2002/03, with about 11% of this being recycled. The borough has a target to recycle 30% of its household waste by 2005/06.
ECT had already been providing kerbside recycling services for the borough since 1995. The London-based organisation will take over the council’s integrated waste and recycling services on March 1, 2005.
The contract will see new kitchen waste collections introduced in 2005, the council said. ECT said the contract would provide an improved service for residents, schools and commercial organisations.
Andy Bond, managing director of ECT, said: ‘This is a ground-breaking time for ECT. We are proud to be the first social enterprise to win an environmental services contract of this magnitude, but we are also looking forward to providing street cleaning and refuse collection services, alongside our well-established recycling services.’
Mr Bond said he hoped the contract win would lead the way for other social enterprise groups to ‘get in there and compete’ for council contracts. And, he said it might make local authorities realise that keeping services in house or using large private companies ‘are not the only options’.
ECT Recycling is the largest social enterprise recycling organisation in the UK. With a turnover of £27 million and 650 staff, it accounts for about 85% of the kerbside recycling services provided by the social enterprise sector. The organisation celebrated its 25th anniversary this year.