NAWDC opens doors
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• The National Association of Waste Disposal Contractors is considering opening its doors to council direct service organisations.
NAWDC, whose members specialise in commercial waste, moved into the municipal market five years ago as privatesector firms began tendering for rubbish collection and street sweeping contracts.
But now, as DSOs become more competitive and profit orientated, even winning tenders for neighbouring authorities, NAWDC is prepared to consider them as members.
Private firms have so far won 25% of council contracts which have been put out to tender. "People say that is not very impressive, but we are up against 100 years of tradition," says NAWDC's David Boyd. "What we have done is tightened up sloppy practices by inhouse Organisations."