The 10-year contract is valued up to £130 million, or £13 million each year, with the possibility of a further extension of 15 years.
Services such as waste and recycling collections, maintenance of highways, grounds, parks , car parks, buildings, street and beach cleansing, the councils vehicle fleet and out of hours call centre support will all be provided through the JVC.
May Gurney chief executive Philip Fellowes-Prynne said: We are delighted to have been selected by Torbay Council for this ground-breaking JVC and were very much looking forward to working together to deliver better services across the region.
May Gurney will hold an 80% share of the JVC with the council holding the remaining 20%. The JVC will also independently seek new business from commercial clients in the region. It is thought by the council that using a single private partner to provide a range of services will be more efficient.