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Biffa awarded waste contract for Hampshire councils

Biffa Municipal has been awarded the contract for the joint recycling and refuse collection service for East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) and Winchester City Council (WCC).

This is the first time the Hampshire councils have elected to work together, merging their respective environmental services, aiming to save an estimated £2m a year.

Joint environmental services client team manager Brian Turner said: “We thought long and hard about what residents would need from an efficient recycling and refuse service, together with the important street cleansing and grounds maintenance tasks needed to keep this area attractive.”

In the joint tender with Landscape Group, Biffa’s share of the eight-year contract is valued at around £32m. For both councils, the company will handle the alternate week collections of recyclables and refuse, fortnightly collections of garden waste, and the collection of clinical waste, bring bank glass and bulky. For East Hampshire, it will manage the monthly collection of domestic glass and in Winchester it will also be collecting commercial waste.

It is expected that 91 staff from the current contractors Veolia and Serco will transfer to Biffa before the start of the contract.

Separately, Biffa Municipal was selected to run Portsmouth City Council’s recycling and waste collection service in April. Both contracts are due to start in October.

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