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Shropshire Waste Partnership chooses Veolia Environmental Services as preferred bidder

The Shropshire Waste Partnership (SWP) has chosen Veolia Environmental Services as its preferred bidder for an integrated waste management contract worth £100 million over 27 years. Designed to maximise recycling, the bid includes recycling targets of 50% by 2012 and a reduction in municipal waste sent to landfill from 65% in 2005/2006 to 5% in 2015. If selected, Veolia Environmental Services will take responsibility for the collection, recycling, energy recovery and treatment of household waste from the countys 283,000 residents, which in 2007/2008 is estimated to be more than 180,000 metric tons. SWP has been granted £40.8 million of Private Finance Initiative (PFI) credits towards the cost of the contract, which is planned to start in October. This latest announcement follows similar decisions in Southwark and West Berkshire and builds on Veolia Environmental Services existing PFI and integrated contracts portfolio obtained over the past 13 years. Details of the bid include introducing kerbside collections of plastic bottles in all districts, constructing two integrated waste management facilities in Oswestry and Bridgnorth for waste transfer and household waste recycling, constructing an in-vessel composting facility and the provision of an energy recovery facility at Battlefield Enterprise Park in Shrewsbury. The latter will eventually produce enough electricity from waste to supply over 10,000 homes. Councillor and SWP chairman Joyce Barrow said: Veolia Environmental Services has a great deal of experience and has put forward innovative proposals to increase the amount of waste that is recycled in the county, to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and to provide the best possible waste collection and disposal service to Shropshire residents. Veolia Environmental Services chief executive officer Denis Gasquet said: The choice of Veolia Environmental Services strengthens our position in the PFI market which continues to expand.

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