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New council deals for Veolia

Veolia Environmental Services has won two local authority contracts within the space of a week.

Wyre Borough Council announced Veolia would be taking over responsibility recycling and waste services for the district’s 49,000 domestic premises from April next year, in a deal worth more than £2.4m. The contract will run for eight years.

The council decided in June last year not to extend its previous waste contract with neighbouring Fylde Borough Council. Veolia fought off competition from rivals Biffa and Sita to become the preferred supplier.

Wyre is in discussions over transferring existing staff from Fylde Borough Council under TUPE regulations.

Veolia said it was committed to investing more than £2m in a new fleet of dual-stream collection vehicles fuelled by biodiesel. The company will also introduce a customer liaison and recycling officer.

Veolia chief operating officer Tom Spaul said: “The new green fleet will help provide a more efficient service across the whole borough and improve both landfill diversion and carbon performance.”

Councillor Peter Murphy, cabinet member with responsibility for waste, said: “Our selection process was based on both cost and quality and it was this total package that won Veolia the contract.”

Veolia was also awarded a seven-year contract with Wokingham Borough Council, which includes weekly household collections, from April.

The contract was previously held by Sita UK.

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