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Managing and Transforming Waste Streams – A Tool for Communities

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.