New waste service on the way

A new regional waste contract is expected to deliver significant savings across four regional councils.

The Barossa Regional Procurement Group (that comprises Barossa Council, Light Regional Council, Adelaide Plains Council and Mid Murray Council) sought tenders in June 2017 from waste management companies to provide kerbside waste services.

Following the tender process the Councils have awarded Solo Resource Recovery with a seven-year contract to provide waste management services that will commence in 2018.

Entering into this new partnership will provide the community with improved waste management outcomes, more sustainable waste practices, education as well as savings of almost $1 million each year.

The Councils look forward to working with the new contractor to achieve more sustainable waste practices across the region.

Education will be a much stronger focus for all four councils with the intent to reduce waste to landfill and improve recycling rates.

The new contract and services will be fully operational in July 2018, with some services commencing earlier in Adelaide Plains Council.

While the Town of Gawler did not participate in the tender due to its involvement with the Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority, it continues to support regional waste initiatives and the regional tender process.

The Barossa Council Mayor Bob Sloane said: “The Barossa Council is extremely pleased with the value-for-money achieved through this regional initiative, which shows collaborative procurement is an effective means of achieving significant savings and efficiencies.”