The ACCC has granted interim authorisation to Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (NSROC) and its member councils to run a joint tender for the transfer, processing and disposal of household waste.  The councils participating in the joint tender are Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, North Sydney, Ryde and Willoughby. 

Interim authorisation enables NSROC and the councils to commence the tender process, to the point of evaluating bids. The ACCC has also issued for public comment a draft determination proposing to authorise the councils to ultimately contract as a group for the services.

The ACCC noted that if the councils combine to offer a larger volume of waste, it could provide incentives to existing providers and possible new entrants for waste transfer, processing and disposal services to compete harder to win the tender.  It also considered that the arrangement would provide benefits such as reducing operational risk and improving incentives for capital investment.