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20/00090 - Contract for the Textiles and shoes - Collection and Processing



The Cabinet Member for Environment agrees to provide delegated authority to the Director of Highways, Transportation and Waste to award a new contractual arrangement for the collection and processing of textiles and shoes collected at the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRCs).




Kent County Council, as the Waste Disposal Authority provide Household Waste Recycling centres for the disposal of household waste. This includes making provision for the deposit of Textiles and Shoes at Kent’s 18 Household Waste Recycling Sites.


The current contract is in an extension period that expires 31st October 2020 and to ensure that KCC’s statutory obligations are met, and that there is continuity of service a commissioning exercise is required.



Option 1 – Do nothing – the current contracts will elapse with no arrangement in place and thereby incurring significant contingency disposal costs.


Option 2 – continue with the existing contractor out of contract – this is not necessary as there is sufficient time to conduct a commissioning activity.


Option 3 – undertake a commissioning exercise to secure a provider.


Preferred option:

Option 3 is the preferred option. The authority is seeking to appoint a new provider to secure an income-based contract (5-year term) that will benefit and achieve the best outcomes for the authority and Kent households and fulfil the Statutory duty of KCC operating under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, to dispose of collected municipal waste.

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 publsihed for a minimum of 28 days in accordance with statutory requirement

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: This is an income only contract, with no cost to KCC if preferred option approved; The textile market has suffered during COVID and current market value is £0 per tonne; markets are improving as the economy recovers; the new contract will be market tracked monthly to ensure potential income is in line with market recovery. The budgeted income target is being adjusted as part of the Budget Amendment to be considered by County Council on September 10th, 2020.

Legal implications: Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, as the Waste Disposal Authority, KCC has a legal obligation to provide a waste disposal service. The original commissioning solution enabled the Authority to discharge its statutory duty as Waste Disposal Authority

Equalities implications: Equalities implications: An EQIA has been carried out and no equality implications have been identified as this is a collection contract and not a public facing service. Data Protection implications: There is no personal data collected or exchanged and no implications under GDPR


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