Managing and Transforming Waste Streams – A Tool for Communities

Procurement Process Best Practices

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.