Freedom of info request for cardboard and paper recycling

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The request was refused by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.

Dear FOI Team,

I would be most grateful if you would provide me, under the Freedom of Information Act, details in respect to the contract below.

The details we require are:
• What are the contractual performance KPI's for this contract?
• Current annual volume in tonnes?
• How the material is presented?
• Suppliers who applied for inclusion on each framework/contract and were successful & not successful at the PQQ & ITT stages
• Actual spend on this contract/framework (and any sub lots), from the start of the contract to the current date
• Start date & duration of framework/contract?
• Could you please provide a copy of the service/product specification given to all bidders for when this contract was last advertised?
• Is there an extension clause in the framework(s)/contract(s) and, if so, the duration of the extension?
• Has a decision been made yet on whether the framework(s)/contract(s) are being either extended or renewed?
• Who is the senior officer (outside of procurement) responsible for this contract?

Thank you for your help.

Yours sincerely

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mario Gomes


Thank you for your enquiry.


WBC are now directly engaging on the renewal process for their Refuse
Collection Service contract, starting with a immediate planned pre market
engagement to achieve full openness, competition, compliance and probity.
The information requested below will form WBC’s contract profile and will
be public facing in 2024 and available to satisfy the FOI. Contract budget
and period dates are available on the WBC Contract Register, The Chest.


We therefore rely upon Section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000,
‘information intended for future publication’.


Section 22 is a qualified, class-based exemption and is therefore subject
to a public interest test. The legislation states that a definitive date
for publication does not need to be set, but that the public body should
be in receipt of the information and have a settled intention to release
it into the public domain.  The public interest arguments for disclosure
are there is a generic public interest in accountability and transparency
as it involves public expenditure and public benefit. It also allows a
greater degree of scrutiny over how public money is spent, while
contributing to transparency over how decisions have been reached.


The public interest factors for withholding the information include the
fact that premature disclosure of information ahead of the tender process
could lead to unfair advantages being provided or any changes in the
specification would limit the number of suitable bids being received. This
would not be in the best commercial interests of the suppliers, the
Council or the public as disclosing inaccurate or premature information
could result in suppliers choosing not to tender for future opportunities.
We strongly believe that, as a local authority, this would not be in the
public interest as it is important we are able to secure the best quality
and value for money contracts possible.


It is the Council’s opinion that the public interest factors in favour of
withholding the requested information outweigh those in favour of
disclosure. This information is thereby considered exempt under Section 22
of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You have the right under Section
17 of the Act to ask for an internal review in respect of this refusal of
your request for information. This should be sent to:
[1][Wirral Borough Council request email]. If you are dissatisfied with the
result of your internal review, you also have the right to complain to the
Information Commissioner, [2]


Yours sincerely


Lynette Paterson

Principal Information Management Officer

Finance – Digital and Improvement

Wirral Council

PO Box 290
Brighton Street
CH27 9FQ


Email: [3][Wirral Borough Council request email]


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