Bogotá to consider directly awarding waste collection contracts

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Colombia's Bogotá city government is considering taking emergency measures that would allow it to directly award contracts to carry out waste collection services.

The city's contracts with its current garbage collection concessionaires, Ciudad Limpia, Aseo Capital, Atesa and Lime, expire on September 15 and a constitutional court has halted a tender to re-concession the services.

"We cannot leave the city without a cleaning service," city mayor Clara López said in a statement.

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City public services department UAESP is now considering measures including declaring a state of urgency, which would allow it to award waste collection contracts without holding a tender.

The department had previously asked permission to extend the contracts with the current concessionaires; however, water and sanitation regulator CRA denied the request.

UAESP launched a tender last month valued at some 2.5tn pesos (US$1.41bn) to concession waste management services in six zones of Bogotá. The constitutional court halted the process over concerns that the concession failed to incorporate the recycling sector.