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Recycling and waste contracts

FOI14599 – Request for information


Thank you for your email dated 23 October 2015, requesting:

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 and 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 spend 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 be 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 awarded within the last six months can you please send me information on the shortlist of suppliers that bid on the contract?

Our response

Ordnance Survey received on 20 July 2015 an identical FOI request from you and we responded on 11 August 2015 under reference FOI14567. Therefore Ordnance Survey will not be complying with your request for information, as we consider your questions to be repeated under Section 14 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.

Section 14
FOIA s14(2) states "Where a public authority has previously complied with a request for information which was made by any person, it is not obliged to comply with a subsequent identical or substantially similar request from that person unless a reasonable interval has elapsed between compliance with the previous request and the making of the current request."

Section 16
However under section 16 of the FOIA Ordnance Survey is obliged to provide advice and assistance, and we therefore notify you that we routinely publish the full response, to those requests we receive, on our website. Should you wish to check our FOI and EIR publications log, you may do so at this link:


Under section 16 of the FOIA, I can also confirm that all the information requested is still the same as what we provided you on 11 August 2015.

I hope the above is of use to you.

Internal review

Your enquiry has been processed according to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. If you are unhappy with our response, you may request an internal review with our FOI Internal Review Officer, by contacting them as follows:

FOI Internal Review Officer
Customer Service Centre
Ordnance Survey
Adanac Drive
SO16 0AS

Email: foi@os.uk

Please include the reference number above. You may request an internal review where you believe Ordnance Survey has:

  • Failed to respond to your request within the time limits (normally 20 working days)
  • Failed to tell you whether or not we hold the information
  • Failed to provide the information you have requested
  • Failed to explain the reasons for refusing a request
  • Failed to correctly apply an exemption or exception

The FOI Internal Review Officer will not have been involved in the original decision. They will conduct an independent internal review and will inform you of the outcome of the review normally within 20 working days, but exceptionally within 40 working days, in line with the Information Commissioner’s guidance.

The FOI Internal Review Officer will either: uphold the original decision, provide an additional explanation of the exemption/s applied or release further information, if it is considered appropriate to do so.

Appeal to Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
If, following the outcome of the internal review you remain unhappy with our response, you may raise an appeal with the Information Commissioner’s Office at:

The Case Reception Unit
Customer Service Team
The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Email: mail@ico.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone helpline: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745 for advice, Monday to Friday.

Thank you for your enquiry.

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