Illegal waste contracts hit the consumer

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A number of Swedish municipalities have concluded waste management agreements without engaging in the statutory procurement process.

The Competition Authority is now dispatching a questionnaire to all municipalities, municipal waste companies and local federations in a bid to determine the extent of this illegal practice.

For the past few months, the Competition Authority has been reviewing how various municipalities purchase their waste management services. It concludes that a number of municipalities and municipal waste companies have entered into agreements without engaging in a procurement process as required by law. The Competition Authority is now going a step further and putting questions to all municipalities, local federations and waste companies.

“Ultimately, households and consumers are the ones who suffer if municipalities sign poor contracts without procurement,” says Director General Claes Norgren.

“Besides the fact that law-breaking may be involved, such contracts may mean that the costs of waste management is higher than it would have been if the procurement rules had been followed.”

To date, the Competition Authority notes that illegal agreements without public procurement have been reached by the following municipalities/municipal companies:

  • Vimmerby
  • Tranås
  • Ödeshög
  • Hylte
  • Varberg
  • Mönsterås
  • Falkenbergs Vatten och Renhållnings AB

Further purchases of waste services are currently being studied by the agency.

The surveys contain a number of questions about waste, including its collection, transportation, recycling and disposal. The Competition Authority wants details of all contracts worth over SEK 200 000.

“The regulations concerning public procurement are not something you can choose to comply with or ignore at will,” says Claes Norgren. “They apply to all contracting agencies and entities.”

For further information, please contact:
Anders Svenson, Senior Legal Adviser, Public Procurement Dept, tel +46 8 700 16 78
Jimmy Dominius, Press Officer, tel +46 8 700 15 80 or +46 73 773 15 80

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