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East Midlands Ambulance Service cuts waste costs by 25% and boosts zero to landfill

NHS London Procurement Partnership’s Waste Management framework, open to all public sector organisations across the UK, went live in November 2012, and has enabled NHS trusts to save an average of 25 per cent on waste management costs.

East Midlands Ambulance Service cuts waste costs by 25% and boosts zero to landfill

More significantly, LPP has helped trusts to reduce their levels of domestic waste, increase their recycling rates and manage ‘offensive’ waste, providing further opportunities to save. The framework also gives trusts the ability to enter into contracts with ‘zero to landfill’ guarantees.

In 2013, LPP undertook a mini competition on behalf of East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to find a new solution to their waste management.

EMAS directly employs more than 2,700 staff, based at over 70 locations. These staff support or directly deliver emergency 999 urgent healthcare services for the 4.8 million people in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, North and North East Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. The largest proportion of EMAS’ staff are accident and emergency healthcare personnel and some of its staff are responsible for providing patient transport services in north and north east Lincolnshire and parts of Nottinghamshire.

The mini competition for EMAS was to deliver a total waste collection service contract that could significantly reduce the Trust’s landfill waste. According to Environment Manager Philip Tamuno, “I joined EMAS as Environment Manager in January 2013 and I identified that there was consistent demand for improved waste recycling collection services across all our Divisions. However, our general waste collection service contractors did not have the capability to deliver this environmental and cost-effective service across all our premises. The LPP team supported us to deliver this important   aspect of our environmental priority.”

LPP provided all the documentation required for the mini-competition process, and advised EMAS on the contract specification and suitable key performance indicators that could be used to monitor the waste contract.  LPP’s procurement portal was used to advertise this mini-competition, and it attracted seven reputable waste collection service providers. The EMAS tender evaluation panel had representatives from its Estate, Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC), Logistic and Procurement and Finance teams. The evaluation panel used an LPP-devised evaluation template to compile and compare bidder responses to tender questions, while LPP undertook the commercial evaluation of each of the seven bids submitted in response to EMAS’s invitation for tenders. The outcome of this mini-competition is that EMAS cut its waste collection cost by 25 per cent and significantly reduced its landfill waste. In addition, continuing reduction of the waste collection service costs and diversion of waste from landfill are two of the key deliverables of this new contract that will run until 31st December 2016.

Philip Tamuno explains that “Having a single waste collection contractor will significantly improve the quality of data used for our annual ERIC (Estate Return Information Collection) submissions and sustainability reports, as well as support us to achieve our environmental and cost efficiency objectives. We were impressed by the LPP procurement framework and its team, and we are pleased to state that over the course of this contract we will reduce our waste collection service cost by approximately £120,000. These savings will be used to support the delivery of better patient care and improve the emergency healthcare services our patients receive.  I strongly recommend LPP to colleagues within the NHS and other public sector organisations, because the LPP framework delivers an end-to-end and OJEU-compliant route supporting organisations like EMAS to deliver its environmental and cost-efficiency priorities.”

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