York BID Launches Commercial Waste Tender

19th February 2019

We are supporting York Business Improvement District (BID) to procure a collaborative commercial waste contract. The aim is to secure a high quality, low cost waste collection service for businesses in the city.

York BID has asked commercial waste collectors to put forward proposals to improve the bin collections that businesses in York city centre receive, helping them to save money and recycle more. The tender documents are available here and the deadline for submitting tenders is 9am on Tuesday 12th March 2019.

York BID was formed in November 2015 and represents over 1,000 local businesses. The BID has begun the search for a contractor to offer a high-quality commercial waste and recycling collection across the city, with the aim of introducing significant improvements for the benefit of its levy payers. As well as delivering cost savings, this procurement should improve the reliability and frequency of collections in the area, increase recycling rates and improve the local street scene.

York BID is looking for a contractor who can:

  • Provide customers with two refuse collections each day (Monday – Saturday) and one refuse collection each Sunday
  • Offer separate collections of recycling streams, including mixed dry recycling, card, glass and food.
  • Provide a range of containment options suited to the needs of customers – both sacks and a variety of bin sizes.
  • Offer excellent customer service.

The contract will be designed such that the greater the number of levy payers that sign up, the more they will save. As the contract attracts more customers, the waste collector’s service will become more efficient and, under the contract rules, the savings will be passed back to businesses. Annual price increases will be limited over the lifetime of the contract.

York BID Executive Director Andrew Lowson said:

“We have tailored the tender requirements to the needs of our levy payers, ensuring that the new service will deliver real benefits for local businesses. It’s now up to commercial collectors to tell us what they can provide. We hope to build a partnership with the winning contractor, and work closely with them to continue to improve waste management in York city centre.”

Any licensed commercial waste collector is welcome to apply.

Photo credit: York BID