Pan-London textile bank procurement begins

Seven London councils have kick-started the procurement process for a pan-London framework for the collection of textiles from bring banks across the capital.

The procurement is being led by the London borough of Lewisham, which along with the other six councils, is looking to increase the collection of textiles for reuse and recycling across London. The other councils are: Hounslow, Ealing, Harrow, Barnet, Sutton and Camden.

The contract is for the collection of textiles from bring banks

A notice has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) for a contract for a ‘single provider framework agreement’, which will last a total of four years. The successful bidder for the contract will be charged with maintaining and emptying textile bring bank sites. The contract is expected to begin in April 2013.

Lewisham said there are five main objectives for the project, which are:

  • To increase tonnage diversion from costly landfill sites whilst maximising re-use opportunities;
  • To deliver a high quality service for residents in the capital;
  •  To expand London’s textile bring-site provision;
  • To give Londoners more choice and opportunity to recycle their textiles; and,
  • To realise the social benefits.

The project was originally launched by London Councils and the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWaRB) earlier this year (see story). LWaRB said it will continue its work to assist the development of the contract for interested London boroughs.

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