Waste Consolidation Scheme – Invitation to Tender

25th Sep 2019

The City of Manchester is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe with the population expected to reach 644,000 by 2025.  Usage of the city centre is changing to incorporate increasing numbers of urban residents and workers. As the population increases, the number of vehicles providing services will grow proportionally unless otherwise managed.

To accommodate changes caused by growth, the infrastructure of the city needs to be more effectively managed. Existing waste management operations, specifically the removal of commercial waste from the city centre by a high number of refuse collection vehicles, needs to be addressed.

A new Manchester City Centre Waste Consolidation Scheme is intended to improve the city centre by managing the growing requirement for waste collections.

The aim is to appoint a suitable number of preferred suppliers that possess the capability to manage a high proportion of the commercial waste collections in the city, at set times, with the minimum number of low emission vehicles possible.

The scheme is intended to deliver these benefits:

• Improve the cleanliness and appearance of the city centre
• Increase resident, business tenant and visitor satisfaction
• Reduce the demand for high volumes of Council enforcement work
• Improve air quality

The scheme will initially be implemented in a pilot area to test whether it is an effective means of improving waste management. If the scheme proves effective, there is scope to expand the scheme to the wider city centre.

The pilot area is around St Ann’s Square, from St Mary’s Gate down to John Dalton Street and from Deansgate across to Cross Street. The area currently contains 153 retail, food/beverage and service businesses operating at ground level – in addition to over 200 business office premises above ground level.

It is conservatively estimated that there are 10,000 sacks/100 tonnes of waste generated in the pilot area each week and there are currently around 100 on-street containers and 100 in-building containers in use. Refuse trucks and vans from at least thirteen known waste contractors are currently collecting waste from these areas throughout the day.

It is therefore the aim of the waste consolidation scheme to reduce the overall number of vehicles entering the area, especially during business hours (8am – 6pm).

Waste contractors are invited to tender to run the pilot service.

Tender Timeline

Clarification questions to be received by 2 October to alex.king@cityco.com
Clarification to tenderers by 9 October
Closing date for receipt of tender reponses: 16 October
Interviews of three highest scoring tenders: 7-8 November
Notification of appointment: 11 November
Start of the pilot scheme: 18 November

To Apply


Please return to alex.king@cityco.com by 5pm, Wednesday 16 October.