Decision details

Extension of the Waste Collection and Street Cleansing Contract and Food Waste/Recycling Processing Contracts with Veolia ES (UK) Ltd.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Management

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The council has a statutory duty under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to keep highways clean (to prescribed levels), collect household waste and collect commercial or industrial waste if requested. The current waste collection and cleansing contract commenced 16th September 2010 and was initially for a seven-year term to September 2017.? However, in 2017 the Council enacted a three-year extension to the contract extending the term to September 2020. At which point a further one-year extension was enacted taking the current contract term to 15th September 2021.?

There is provision in the current contract for it to be extended for up to a further three years to September 2024 without the council having to undertake a formal competitive tendering process.


Notice is hereby given that Councillor James Spencer, Cabinet Member for City Management,has made the following executive decision on the above mentioned subject for the reasons set out below.




That the report be exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A Part 1, paragraph 3 (as amended), in that it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).


That the extension of the Waste and Recycling Collection, Street Cleansing and Ancillary Services Contract be approved as set out in the report.

That the extension of the Recycling processing contract be approved as set out in the report.


That the extension of the Food waste processing contract be approved as set out in the report.


That a request for additional capital requirements be submitted in the CPSR process to fund the one-off capital spend required in the food waste roll-out.


That a request for additional revenue budget be submitted as a pressure in the MTFS process to fund the growth required for the food waste programme.



Reasons for Decision 

The scale of change to both how waste services operate and are funded from 2023 requires a new strategic approach to future waste management in Westminster. The social and economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Westminster and its implications for waste and cleansing services will also need to be fully assessed. This requires an investment of time and external challenge to ensure that the services we procure in future not only meet the changing legislative requirements such as the soon to be introduce new Environment Bill and National Waste Strategy but also future proof the services for the longer term.


An extension of the three contracts in question provides the time to develop the strategy to prepare for future challenges.


Stuart Love, Chief Executive,

Westminster City Hall,

64 Victoria Street




Publication Date:


17.09. 2021

Implementation Date:


24.09 2021 at 5pm


Publication date: 17/09/2021

Date of decision: 17/09/2021

Effective from: 25/09/2021

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