Procurement Process Best Practices for Transforming Waste Streams in Communities
Procurement process best practices designed to advance towards zero waste are evolving as communities and service providers look for cost-effective ways to develop agreements that align common interests in waste reduction, recycling and composting.
General Best Practices
- Clearly communicate community zero waste goals and milestones throughout the procurement process.
- Establish minimum zero waste standards and open price proposals only from those service providers meeting those standards.
- Consider negotiation if prices and services are competitive and relationship is collaborative and communicative.
- Consider local government ownership of transfer and/or processing facilities.
- Separate collection from disposal contracts.
Detailed Procurement Best Practices
Each of these best practices includes links to local government case studies that made use of the practice.
- Mandatory Recycling and Composting
- Collaborative Negotiation Versus New Procurement
- Publicly Owned Facilities
- Separate Contracts
- Local Government Billing or Lockbox
- Start Early and Provide Zero Waste Information and Evaluation Criteria
- Process Integrity Guidelines
- Minimum Zero Waste Standards & Best and Final Offer Process
- Separate Technical and Price Evaluation