The City of Wanneroo currently recycles all material from the three local government areas at its Wangara facility, but invited expressions of interest (EOIs) from other service providers in October.
Wanneroo councillors considered a confidential report on the EOIs at their December 10 meeting and unanimously voted to invite six recycling service providers to make submissions.
The providers are Recycling Design and Technologies, Cleanaway, All Earth Group, the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council, Polytrade and Perthwaste Green Recycling.
According to council minutes, the report was confidential because it affected employees and would reveal information that had a commercial value if disclosed.
Wanneroo acting city businesses director Ian Hamilton told the Times the City proceeded with the restricted tender to comply with the Local Government Act 1995 and seek the best value.
‘Collection services will remain the same as the tender is for processing only and the Wangara recycling facility will remain open,’ he said.
‘It is a priority of all three councils involved to ensure current contracted employees have secure future employment, however the outcome cannot be determined until the tender process is complete.
‘A change in rates cannot be determined until all three involved councils have adopted the winning tender.’
Mr Hamilton said about 42,000 tonnes of recyclable material was delivered last financial year at a 78 per cent recyclable rate.
He said they expected tonnage to increase to about 45,000 tonnes due to Wanneroo’s population growth alone.
A report on the tender process is expected to go to the council early this year.