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Biffa awarded £12m contract for Crawley refuse and recycling

Municipal services contractor Biffa has won a £12m contract with Crawley Borough Council to collect refuse, recycling and green waste over seven years.

The service is expected to save the council £3m. The main saving is expected to come from the introduction of 12 new vehicles with lower emissions and improved access to residential areas. The vehicles will be equipped with in-cab technology for recording collection information and improving service efficiency.

Biffa will continue collecting refuse each week, and dry recyclables and green waste every fortnight for around 43,000 properties under the council’s current schedule.

The service will also introduce wheeled bins, which are being paid for from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s £250m fund, personally backed by communities secretary Eric Pickles. Only last month, the minister complained gabout ‘bin blight’ and issued guidelines to stop them being visible outside new-build homes.

In Crawley, there will be new kerbside collections of small waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), and waste textiles. Biffa pioneered small WEEE collections for normal rounds in Woking in 2012.

Councillor Ken Trussell, the council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “Residents will benefit from being able to recycle extra items, much lower emissions, and quieter collection vehicles, in addition to receiving a wheeled bin for any remaining rubbish that can’t be recycled.”

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