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Brent to combine waste and recycling contracts

The London borough of Brent has awarded a seven-year contract for a combined waste and recycling service to Veolia Environmental Services (VES).

Worth over £14.3 million a year, the council said it was investing around £2.1 million a year more than it currently spends on the services. Its household and business waste is currently collected by VES and its household recycling dealt with by ECT.

Due to start in April 2007, the new contract will include the roll-out of plastic recycling collections, that the council had been trialling to great success. This will see homes with green boxes able to recycle their plastics from the start of the new contract and the rest of the borough following on as soon as possible.

Brent is also aiming for the waste and recycling collections to take place on the same day, for efficiency and ease for residents.

Lead member for Environment, Planning and Culture councillor Irwin Van Colle said: This contract will enhance our recycling rates.

In due course we expect our residents to sort most of their waste in the green bins, leaving the grey bin for dry residual waste. Then, and only then, will we consider collecting that bin fortnightly.

Brent aims to achieve a 30% recycling rate by 2010.

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