ACCC green-lights joint waste tender

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has granted authorisation for four Adelaide councils to joint procure waste management services.

The four councils, Adelaide, Charles Sturt, Marion and Port Adelaide Enfield, and a council-owned procurement body called Council Solutions, have been granted authorisation to supply waste processing and collection services.

The ACCC considers a joint tender process by the four councils is more likely to encourage competition from suppliers than separate tenders,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said.

“The joint tender process is also likely to create efficiencies, such as reduced transaction costs and more efficient service delivery, which should be passed on to local residents through lower costs or improved services.”

“The ACCC considers it is unlikely that the joint tenders will reduce competition in the Adelaide waste service industry in the long run. The Councils expect to attract a number of competitors and the ACCC considers that unsuccessful tenderers will be able to compete for other waste management services in South Australia,” Ms Court said.

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