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Waste and recycling contract agreed for Veolia and Wyre Council

Waste and recycling contract agreed for Veolia and Wyre Council Published Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Wyre Council has chosen to extend its award winning waste and recycling partnership with Veolia until 2028.

Together the partnership will work on further improving rates of recycling across the borough and continue to deliver the exceptional level of service which has come to be expected for Wyre residents.

An initial contract between Veolia and Wyre Council commenced in April 2012 which included an option to further extend this by eight years. The council has fully evaluated its options for waste collection and along with some service delivery changes starting next year, this has been identified as the best value approach.

The partnership with Veolia has achieved significant savings over the initial eight year term of the contract. Agreeing to extend the contract will ensure that the council continues to deliver a service that offers value for money for residents.

In spring 2020 recycling will become easier for residents with the introduction of a new bin for the recycling of glass, cans and plastic bottles. The council will replace the current box recycling system, with a wheeled bin for each household providing increased capacity. Recycling will be collected every fortnight alternating between the blue paper and card bin, and the new glass, cans and plastic bottles bin.

Residual waste in the grey bins will continue to be picked up every two weeks. The paid for green waste service will also continue to be picked up every two weeks providing a minimum number of 22 collections per year. Households on a sack collection will not be affected.

The council’s investment in the new bins, along with a new fleet of vehicles will ensure that the service runs as efficiently as possible.

Councillor Simon Bridge, Portfolio Holder for Street Scene, Parks and Open Spaces at Wyre Council commented: “Over the last eight years Veolia has delivered a quality service for us and the residents of Wyre, which has allowed us to make considerable savings. We are aware that waste collection is a key service to all residents and we strive to maintain high standards whilst meeting legislative demands. In 2016, the service was awarded a national accreditation as the best performing service by the Association for Public Service Excellence and has been shortlisted in other years. Agreeing to extend our partnership now means we can now look to move forward and find ways to support our residents to reduce the waste they produce and increase recycling rates in Wyre.

“Through our waste survey we have listened to feedback about the current recycling boxes. It’s clear they can cause littering problems and they can also be difficult for residents and our operatives to pick up. This new system means that we will all be able to recycle much more efficiently. The new bins have a larger capacity and will also be much easier for residents and collection crews to handle.”

Philip Gilmour, Regional Director, Veolia UK & Ireland commented: “Wyre Council is a long standing and highly valued customer of Veolia. We are delighted to be extending our close-working relationship and look forward to continuing and improving the service delivery to the local community. Working in partnership with the council, the Veolia team id excited by the prospect of introducing new and improved recycling services for residents, to help deliver a more sustainable future."      

A collection calendar and a full information pack will be sent out to all affected residents in advance of any changes.

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