resource-sharing platform to support resources and waste sector during the
WasteSupport is a new free resource-sharing platform to support resources and waste sector during the coronavirus crisis. The platform has been developed by CIWM in partnership with WRAP and other leading public and private sector organisations – Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT), Environmental Services Association (ESA), Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC), London Waste & Recycling Board (LWARB), and United Resource Operators Consortium (UROC).
The new service provides an online sharing forum that enables local authorities facing resource challenges in maintaining all of their household waste collection services because of COVID-19 to indicate where they need service capacity support, as well as other requirements such as PPE or vehicle maintenance engineers. Commercial waste firms with surplus capacity can also use the platform to indicate those services they are able to supply, thereby providing a ‘virtual marketplace’ to facilitate sharing.
The platform has been developed in line with relevant procurement rules. In setting up any short-term contract with a supplier, local authorities should be aware of Regulation 32(2)(c) in the Public Contract Regulations 2015, which allows some easement of normal public procurement rules “for reasons of extreme urgency brought about by events unforeseeable by the contracting authority, the time limits for the open or restricted procedures or competitive procedures with negotiation cannot be complied with”. The Government’s recent ‘Procurement Policy Note 01/20: Responding to COVID-19’ states that “in these exceptional circumstances, authorities may need to procure goods, services and works with extreme urgency. Authorities are permitted to do this using regulation 32(2)(c) under the Public Contract Regulations 2015.” However, it is ultimately up to each local authority to satisfy itself that it is complying with all relevant procurement requirements before entering into any contract.
We would also urge users to read the guidance document that has been developed by the platform partners to facilitate effective resource sharing that meets the requirements and constraints of both public and private sector users.
Who can register?
Any registered local authority or commercial waste company can post and search listings within the marketplace. In order to create listings and communicate with listing owners, users will need to sign up via a short registration process that includes a verification stage.
How can I post up a listing?
Guidance on creating a listing can be found here How it Works & FAQs guide