The contract will start in September and will include a new food waste collection service which was trialled by the council last year, as well as collection of recyclables, garden waste and residual waste.
Southend has previously won acclaim for introducing innovative tactile sacks to help visually impaired people easily distinguish between different recycling sacks.
Executive councillor for public protection and waste Ian Robertson said: We are very proud of the recycling success we have achieved so far in partnership with Cory Environmental Municipal Services and our residents.
Together we all helped reach a 34% recycling rate in 2007- 2008, beating our 32% target. We are delighted to continue and develop this very productive partnership and must all now work together towards meeting our target recycling rate of 60% in seven years.
The new contract with Cory also includes an updated cleansing service in areas such as the high street and seafront with new mechanical sweepers for increased efficiency and flexibility. All new vehicles will be fitted with radio tracking devices to boost their operations.