The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted interim authorisation to Bankstown City Council, Fairfield City Council, Parramatta City Council and Liverpool City Council in Sydney to commence a joint tender for ‘household clean up’ waste.
Household waste includes, for example, the processing of bulky items that are not collected through the weekly waste collection, such as mattresses and white goods.
The ACCC has also issued a draft determination for public comment proposing to allow the councils to enter into contracts following the conclusion of the collective tender process.
“A combined tender process is likely to be more efficient than each council individually conducting a separate tender as it will result in some cost savings,” ACCC Commissioner Dr Jill Walker said.
“If the councils combine their volumes of waste, it could also provide incentives for providers to compete more vigorously to win the tender.”
Authorisation provides statutory protection from court action for conduct that might otherwise raise concerns under the competition provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. Broadly, the ACCC may grant an authorisation when it is satisfied that the public benefit from the conduct outweighs any public detriment.
The ACCC may grant interim authorisation where the ACCC considers it appropriate to allow the parties to engage in conduct while the ACCC is considering the substantive merits of the application.
Further information about the application for authorisation, including a copy of the ACCC's determination and public submissions, is available on the public register.
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