Cleanaway has secured a 10-year contract to deliver essential waste services to the Central Coast Council community from 1 February 2018.
Council administrator Ian Reynolds said the community could look forward to a more streamlined waste service due to the economies of scale from amalgamation and the technology advances in waste services.
“One of the great benefits of amalgamation is Council’s ability now to negotiate better rates and services for the entire Central Coast and we can see that with this new contract,” Reynolds said.
“Previously there were two contracts with different service specifications operating and a border on the Central Coast for waste services – that is no more.
“Cleanaway ticks all the boxes in experience, customer service, technology advances, equipment and local employment. Local jobs will also be protected with Cleanaway agreeing to employ the garbage drivers at the rate Council negotiated previously with the Transport Workers Union.”
Reynolds said the six free kerbside collections for each residence were included in the new contract and that residents will be able to book one via a dedicated call centre, website and, for the first time, via a phone app.
Bin sizes will be standardised across the Coast with every residence entitled to a 140 litre bin and a recycling and green waste bin as well. Residents can also request a larger, 240 litre bin which attracts an extra fee.
An independent probity advisor was engaged by Council to oversee the process and the opinion of the tender panel was unanimous for Cleanaway.
“I am confident Council has followed due process and has negotiated the best possible outcome for the community who will benefit from the delivery of a superior waste servic,” Reynolds said.
Remondis will continue to deliver waste services to the Central Coast until 31 January 2018, with Cleanaway taking up the reins from 1 February 2018.