Thank you for the opportunity to interview us. We look forward to working through our proposal with Council and are excited about the opportunity to provide a solution for Transitional Waste Services.
Please ensure this information is evaluated in conjunction with our letter dated 20th March responding to further information contained in Councils request of 18th March
We would like to have a better understanding of the financial sustainability of tenderers’ proposals. Please explain how you arrived at your tonnage estimates (if provided) and what impact any difference between your estimate and actual tonnages would have on your methodology/price.
-Based on a scaled down facility and with reference to sites in Whangarei and Far North.
Framework for dealing with increased tonnage.
-Pricing template provides open book framework for calculation of variations
-Increased tonnage likely to reduce cost to council and move Lawrie Rd to break even or profit.
-Any net surplus to be provided to Council as a rebate.
Impact of methodology on increased tonnages
-Proposed methodology suitable for a range of tonnages.
- NWL has unique capacity for very significant seasonal fluctuations.
-Option Two (capital upgrade) is recommended for higher tonnages.
Job Creation opportunities through expanding waste minimisation of commercial and C&D recoverables in future.
Partnership with Hospice and strengthening existing local charities, not competing with these entities on a subsidised basis.
We spend local! We are locally owned and have provided in our tender tangible comparisons in terms of local spend. Local district spend by NWL is over $500,000 per annum with over $1.4 million in local wages back into the Warkworth and Wellsford communities.
Continued sponsorship of local events and sports teams - in 2018 we donated more than $140,000 in support of local groups.
Kaitaia Model in which we partner with the local college.
Continued support of Para Kore with the vision of working in partnership with local Iwi to support waste minimisation initiatives
-We listened to Councils community feedback for transitional waste services. This recommended 'greater transparency' around what happens to products once they are dropped off at site.
-Education initiatives focused around 'What happens next'.
-In-house Waste Education expert with over 15 years industry experience in conjunction with significant experience in early learning education.
Subsidised collection of Glass, Cardboard and Greenwaste. If successful in this tender we will continue this initiative which also retains jobs within the district.
Springboard Partnership. This is a true success story and we are incredibly proud to be able to provide employment.
In your presentation, we would like to hear more about the way you would address the following RFP objectives: Maximise community benefits at each location Provide waste minimisation education to site users and the wider community Gather information to inform future use of the sites
We cant compare current diversion at site due to the significant difference in contract structure and Council subsidies on offer. This would not be an apples for apples comparison.
Existing collection of glass, cardboard and greenwaste contributes significant diversion.
We would propose diversion rates consistent with other community recycling centers across Auckland, being around 64% currently. We would aim to target 70%.
Who would be the main person responsible for managing the contract and where would they be based?
Contract Manager - David Peter. Wealth of experience in the management of similar contracts as outlined which includes implementation of contract for community recycling centers in Kaitaia = 65% diversion from landfill.
David is based in Warkworth 3 days per week currently. Please refer to resources section for any further information on David’s CV.
How much residential waste are you currently diverting from landfill at Lawrie Rd and Rustybrook Rd? What would your diversion target be if you were to win this contract?
On site operations manager will be Margaret Joyce. Margaret has a house in Leigh so is looking forward to a new challenge in Warkworth. We understand that this new contract structure will require a significant cultural shift and thus will be utilising Margaret's expertise to foster and lead this culture change initially with the intention of up skilling people.
Explain how the partnership with Hospice and Springboard would work. Is there a letter of support from Springboard?
Signed MOU with Springboard – provided to Council for its records and affirmation of the relationship as requested. We have worked successfully with Springboard for the last 2 years providing employment to at risk youth at our sites.
To date we have had several Springboard youths create pathways for success through employment at Northland Waste through the partnership. As outlined within the tender document, we pledge to continue this initiative should we be the successful tenderer at Lawrie Road and continue to strengthen existing charities that do great things within our communities.
Partnership with Hospice has been long established (10 years) and successful in creating supportive community relationships.
Northland Waste is committed to the community we serve. We have had a relationship with Hospice for the past 10 years
Our relationship with Hospice has been long established and successful in creating supportive community relationships. We looked for creative ways in which we could expand on our existing long-standing community relationships, to enhance outcomes to the community in which we serve under a new contract structure as proposed at Lawrie Road.
We felt uneasy at the thought of being subsidised to compete with the existing community charities and thus proposed that we would instead utilise this local network to supply product directly back into the community!
Do you have any idea how much reusable material Hospice can take
No restrictions on Hospice on materials they would like to take.
Comparison between Hospice shop in Warworth and community recycling shops shows similar product range.
Non commodity type products eg. wood waste will be sold onsite where it has resale value as timber. (Partnership with Springboard)
Other community charity shops will be invited to take product in after Hospice. Anything not collected by these groups will offered to Lawrie Road customers.
Bulk product that requires further processing will be diverted to dedicated facilities such as Auckland gypsum reprocessing facility and Golden Bay wood to energy
Conclusion - No reduction in diversion rates through use of existing facilities rather than dedicated onsite shop.
We have also supplied Council with an option in which NWL run an on site shop for the same price as proposed, but wanted a creative solution which focuses and strengthens existing charities in the district. If council has a preference for on site facilities, please evaluate using this methodology.
Council Does not intend to allow onsite composting of greenwaste. As onsite composting is included in your proposal, how does this affect your price.
Northland Waste has a consented facility in Whangarei District.
All Greenwaste delivered to this facility is composted in partnership with Kerigreen.
Whangarei facility provides a fail safe position to council
Savings in processing costs offsets additional haulage cost (no cost impact on counci)l from not using Lawrie Road
Northland Waste still see benefit in utilisation of Lawrie Road for processing and would assist Council in seeking resource consents if there is a net environmental benefit from transportation savings.
Important that council ensures that all alternative facilities have required consents.
NWL has provided this as an option only to assist council
Local board suggested there could be a good outcome
If NWL's price offers significant savings, then council may be able to invest surplus in educational activities that achieve higher waste diversion.
Importantly - NWL has submitted a complying proposal and was only trying to supply constructive options to council
Your proposal invites council to consider waste education as out of scope for this contract but this is a specified objective of the RFP. What education do you currently understand to be provided by existing community charities by councils (pg18)
Please provide further detail on inorganic pick up service.
On demand service on a set day per week to Wellsford and Warkworth residents.
Comparable level of overall costs to councils current service on a user pays basis.
Proposing to provide storage for councils inorganic collection in which existing charity groups to remain in the district.
Resource consent is being applied for full resource recovery facilities at Sandspit Road
Existing consents are granted for landscaping supply yard including dedicated storage shed
Environmental effects associated with change of use of storage shed from landscaping supplies to storage of commodity items would be minimal and likely be granted as a discretionary consent application.
Important that Council applies the same rigor in assessing other sites being promoted for resource recovery facilities.
What is the consent status of the proposed storage facility at Sandspit Road