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20/00091 - Commissioning Activity for Waste Compactors and servicing



The Cabinet Member for Environment agrees to provide delegated authority to the Director of Highways, Transportation and Waste to award contractual arrangements for a waste compactor replacement programme and associated repair and maintenance servicing agreement.




Waste compactors are required at Household Waste Recycling Centres to maximise capacity of waste being disposed where the Final Disposal Outlets are not within the locality of the facility. The majority of KCC waste compactors are beyond their life expectancy with some being well over 20 years old. A replacement programme has been developed which has commenced with the most critical and urgent compactors being replaced where failure was imminent. The remainder requires a commissioning exercise alongside a repairs and maintenance schedule to ensure upkeep of the compactors.




Option 1 – Do nothing and replace compactors with containers – this is not an option as payloads will diminish by 70% culminating in more cost to the Authority.


Option 2 – Repair compactors – this is not an option as extensive repairs have already been undertaken in recent years and the plant is now beyond economical repair with some having critically failed; new HWRC contract is being let on the proviso that compactors will be renewed.


Option 3 – Undertake a commissioning exercise to complete the replacement Programme with a repairs and maintenance service agreement for all compactors – this is the preferred option to ensure that the compactors on KCC sites are operating efficiently with minimal downtime.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than two Electoral Divisions;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 09/08/2020

Decision due: Not before 16th Sep 2020 by Cabinet Member for Environment
Reason: In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Environment

Lead director: Simon Jones

Department: Growth, Environment & Transport

Contact: Kay Groves 03000411620 Email:


The decision was considered at the Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee on 15 September 2020.

Financial implications: The Programme is already funded from a successful Capital Bid spread over a 3-year period; a revenue contribution was given for critical provision at the commencement of the Programme. The repairs and maintenance service agreement will be funded from Waste Management’s annual revenue budget (£216,300 over 3 years). Project Costs Capital £1.07m Revenue £439,926 up front costs to repair critically failed compactors 1st tranche spend £735,085 Remaining budget for new commission = £774,841 + Maintenance costs at 216,300 = £991,141

Legal implications: A key function of the Waste Disposal Authority operating under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, is to provide outlets for the municipal waste collected from households in Kent.

Equalities implications: Equalities implications: An EQIA is not required because this is an infrastructure project Data Protection implications: A DPIA is not required because this is an infrastructure project


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