The Request

RECEIVED ON 23 OCTOBER 2015

I wish to submit a freedom of information request to the organisation with regards to their current recycling and waste support and maintenance contracts.
Examples of recycling contracts you could have:
•         Green Waste Disposal
•         Household Waste Recycling Centres
•         Refuse Recycling Street Cleaning
•         Recycling Collection Services
 
Examples of waste management contracts you could have:
•         Waste Development Environmental Assessment
•         Waste Transfer & MRF (Materials recovery facility)
•         Waste Disposal Landfill
•         Bulky Waste
 
For each of the types of contract above please can you send me :
1.       Contract Type- From the examples given above please state what type of contract this is. Please state other and type of contract if the type of contract is not listed above. In some cases the organisation will have one or two big contracts that is covered in a managed contract please state in the contract description what services the contract provides as well.
2.       The supplier of the recycling or waste contract
3.       What is the annual average spends for each of the suppliers. For those organisations with new contracts can you please specify the estimated spend?
4.       A brief description of what the contract entails. Please to specific to the services provided under these contract(s). Please provide me with a few sentences.
5.       What is the contract duration of the each of the contract(s)?
6.       What is the start date of each contract(s)?
7.       What is the expiry date of each contract(s)?
8.       When does the organisation intend to review these contract(s)
9.       Who is responsible for reviewing this contract please send me their full name, actual job title, contact number and their direct email address.
Even if the organisation has a managed contract please can you send me all the contract information I have requested including the contact details.
If this contract has just been award within the last six months can you please send me information on the shortlist of suppliers that bid on the contract?

Our Response

responded on 20 november 2015

Case Reference: FOI/2015/86

20 November 2015

Dear

Thank you for your request for information dated 23 October 2015 concerning recycling and waste support maintenance contracts. Your request has been handled under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 and has been passed to me for reply.

I can confirm, under section 1 (1) (a) of the FOIA, that the British Council does hold some, but not all, of the information you have requested.

With regard to our operations in the UK, we have offices in five different locations. Three of the locations, Manchester, Edinburgh and Cardiff, are offices located in multi-tenanted buildings where the costs are included as part of a building service charge, typically controlled by the Landlord.

However our offices in London and Belfast have their own contracts so we have been able to provide the information for those locations.

For your ease of reference, I have restated your request below in bold and have provided our response beneath each point.

1. Contract Type- From the examples given above please state what type of contract this is. Please state other and type of contract if the type of contract is not listed above. In some cases the organisation will have one or two big contracts that is covered in a managed contract please state in the contract description what services the contract provides as well.
Belfast 
Recycling
London
1. Recycling
2. Waste removal

2. The supplier of the recycling or waste contract
Belfast 
Belfast City Council
London
1. Paper Round
2. Westminster Council

3. What is the annual average spends for each of the suppliers. For those organisations with new contracts can you please specify the estimated spend?
Belfast 
£208
London
1. 14k
2. 9k

4. A brief description of what the contract entails. Please to specific to the services provided under these contract(s). Please provide me with a few sentences.
Belfast 
Commercial waste recycling services: dry recycling (for paper, card, plastic bottles and aluminium cans)
London
1. Recycling of paper, mixed office waste, cardboard, glass, plastics and food waste
2. General office waste

5. What is the contract duration of the each of the contract(s)?
Belfast 
12 months
London
1. 12 months
2. 12 months

6. What is the start date of each contract(s)?
Belfast 
Renewable contract on 1 April each year
London
1. 20 February 2014
2. N/A

7. What is the expiry date of each contract(s)?
Belfast 
31 March each year
London
1. N/A
2. N/A

8. When does the organisation intend to review these contract(s)
Belfast 
At the end of each financial year, with one months’ notice
London
1. Annually
2. Annually

9. Who is responsible for reviewing this contract please send me their full name, actual job title, contact number and their direct email address.
Belfast 
Concierge Manager, Global Estates
London
Facilities Manager, Global Estates

Please note that we are withholding the names and contact details of the people responsible for each contract since the exemption, under section 40(2) (Personal Information), applies to it.

Section 40(2) provides that information relating to third parties is exempt information if one of the conditions set out in section 40(3) is satisfied. Under the FOIA disclosure of this information would breach the fair processing principle contained in the Data Protection Act (DPA), where it would be unfair to that person or if it is confidential.

We have withheld the names and contact details of British Council staff as they are not of a senior level or in a public facing role.

Section 40 is an absolute exemption therefore is not subject to the public interest test.

I hope the information provided has been useful.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to:

Freedom of Information Officer
Information Security and Governance
British Council
Bridgewater House
58 Whitworth Street
Manchester
M1 6BB
Email: foi@britishcouncil.org

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner for a decision at:

The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Phone: 0303 123 1113
Website: www.ico.org.uk

Yours sincerely