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Social enterprise secures £70m contract

The largest environmental services contract ever to be awarded to a social enterprise has gone to ECT.

The organisation has secured a £70m deal to provide recycling, refuse collection and street cleaning services to Ealing Council.

ECT will look after these issues for the London authority for seven years from March under the Clean and Green contract.

ECT managing director Andy Bond said: "We are delighted to have been chosen. As a social enterprise, our aim is to work in a way which is economically sustainable but also of direct social and environmental benefit to the community.

"We believe that investing our profits back into our projects benefits staff, the community and our partners.

"This is a ground-breaking time for ECT. We are proud to be the first social enterprise to win an environmental services contract of this magnitude but we are also looking forward to providing street cleaning and refuse collection services.

"We hope this leads the way for other social enterprises to get in there and compete for council contracts and encourages other local authorities to realise that keeping services in house or using large private companies are not the only options."

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