Court suspends Bogotá waste tender

Monday, August 22, 2011

Colombia's constitutional court has ordered the suspension of a tender to concession waste management services in six zones of Bogotá.

The decision was due to concerns that the tender, carried out by city public services department UAESP, had failed to sufficiently incorporate the recycling sector, as stipulated by an earlier district court ruling.

The eight-year concession is worth an estimated 2.5tn pesos (US$1.41bn) and was scheduled to be awarded on August 19.

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UAESP is satisfied that all 13 bids it received for the concession earlier this month incorporate informal recyclers, and that the suspension will allow complete transparency, department director Juan Carlos Junca said in a statement.

The concession, which involves modernizing the city's waste collection system and improving recycling, is expected to reduce garbage collection rates by 19% on average.