Verge waste collection tender awarded to WA firm

They voted to award the contract to TC Waste (WA) Pty Ltd over the only other candidate, Western Maze Pty Ltd.

This was despite Baldivis ward Councillor Matthew Whitfield filing an alternate motion at Tuesday night�s council meeting to accept Western Maze�s bid as it came in at $356,000 less per year.

Cr Whitfield said awarding Western Maze the tender would save the city �nearly $1 million over three years�, but his motion was defeated nine votes to one.

A number of councillors spoke in favour of TC Waste and said that although their bid was higher, they had proved themselves very capable in providing verge waste collection services, which had previously been a problem.

�We had some issues in the past and there were significant concerns but the experience with TC Waste (WA) has been positive,� Cr Chris Elliott said. �The system works really well and the additional money is well worth this service.�

�Ratepayers are adamant about good rubbish collection and we owe it to them with this service,� Cr Leigh Liley added.

TC Waste�s bid totalled to $1.056 million per year. Their first general waste collection was priced at $460,000, and the second and third green waste collections $300,000 each.

Western Maze proposed charging $475,000 for the first general waste collection, but only $92,000 and $137,000 respectively for the second and third green waste collections. The tender is for a contract period of three financial years from 2015-16.

Cr Deb Hamblin said there were doubts about the differences in Western Maze�s pricing, which contributed to councillors favouring TC Waste (WA).

�It was felt by the committee the alternative tender had too big a discrepancy between prices for the first collection and second and third collections,� she said.