Biffa has won a 10-year contract to replace Sita UK as Epping Forest District Council’s provider of recycling, refuse collection and street cleaning. The £50m deal will begin in November and will continue the fortnightly twin-stream commingling practice currently used by the council.
After a 14-month procurement process, Biffa was chosen ahead of seven other bidders. More than 100 staff currently employed by Sita UK and related sub-contractor Lucy and Martin Recycling will transfer to Biffa under TUPE regulations before the contract starts.
Under the terms of the deal, all bidders were required to carry out an analysis of Epping Forest’s twin-stream recycling collections, which consists of commingled paper, card, metal cans and plastic containers collected in sacks, while glass is collected in boxes.
After assessing whether it was ‘technically, environmentally and economically practicable’, Biffa proposed to continue collecting recyclables in this way on a fortnightly basis. After collection, the material will be sent to the company’s MRF facility in Edmonton, North London.
Residual waste will be collected and taken to Essex County Council’s transfer station at Harlow. From there it will be sent to landfill at Roxwell, near Chelmsford. However, it will later be sent to the mechanical and biological treatment plant being built by Essex County Council in Basildon.
Dry recyclables sent to Biffa’s Edmonton MRF will be processed for sale to UK, European and international markets, with any revenue earned going back to the council.
From November, mixed organic waste (garden and food) will be delivered to a transfer station near Ongar and then be transported to an in-vessel composting facility in Bedfordshire.
Biffa will also take on the cleansing of over 42,000 kilometres of local streets and roads annually.
Councillor Will Breare-Hall, Epping Forest District Council’s portfolio holder for environment, said: “Our new contract with Biffa promises residents an innovative, improved and more responsive service that respects what they like best about our current provision, and helps us keep their council tax low.
“It is essential we keep striving to improve. This new partnership with Biffa offers even better services to residents, reductions in environmental impact, and helps us to maintain our record as one of the UK’s top recycling authorities.”