One of the 11 suppliers set to be involved with the UK’s first waste management services framework has announced its withdrawal from the project.
AnyJunk, a bulky waste clearance business, said Improvement and Efficiency South East’s (IESE) ‘one size fits all’ contract structure and pricing mechanism “restricted rather than encouraged innovation in council bulky waste collection”.
As LGC’s sister title MRW reported in June, IESE announced that nine contractors, including Cory, Veolia and SITA, were confirmed service providers and that two more firms were finalising terms.
AnyJunk managing director Jason Mohr told MRW it was one of those two firms but had decided to end its interest in the project.
Mohr said: “We consider council residential bulky waste collection as a key sector for our business, where our approach and business model can deliver real service and cost benefits over and above what is being experienced at present.
“Therefore, to withdraw from the framework at such a late stage is not a decision that we have taken lightly.”
A company statement said AnyJunk had been successful in its tender for ‘Lot 5’ of the framework - the lot which covers bulky waste.
The controversial framework, which was snubbed by a raft of large waste firms who questioned its value for money, is now open to 141 councils across England.
A response from IESE was being awaited.