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Biffa secures Wirral contract extension

The municipal division of waste management company Biffa has secured a 10-year extension of its waste contract with Wirral Council.

Having begun working for the council in 2006, the company will now provide household recycling, refuse collections and street cleansing for a further 10 years up to 2027. The extension is worth around £115m and includes a break clause in 2023.

Biffa is investing in a vehicle fleet that is able to collect a wider range of recyclable materials such as food waste by recording and reporting collections through in-cab technology.

The company will also provide a seasonal cleansing of the New Brighton sea front, and it has cut the cost of collecting waste from bulk bins located in the borough’s parks and countryside.

Biffa said that data published by the Audit Commission indicated that Wirral is spending £10 less per head of population on environmental services than the average English council. It claimed the contract extension will reduce the waste collection costs by a further £7.27 per household by April 2018. This will save the council around £1m annually for the next 13 years.

Biffa Municipal managing director Roger Edwards said: “Wirral Council and its residents will save nearly £1 in every £10 for their waste service. That’s a substantial amount during this time of austerity measures and squeezed budgets, factors that have demanded decisive action.”

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