The Somerset Waste Partnership has announced that ECT recycling has been chosen as the preferred bidder to deliver waste services throughout the county.
The new arrangement, set to last until 2014, will see a single contract replace the current set-up where each local authority offers different services. Hailed as a fantastic opportunity to build on Somersets already respectable 40% recycling rate, it will provide all 228,000 residences with collections of food waste, green waste and dry recyclables.
Somerset Waste Board project director John Osborne said: By moving to one large-scale countywide contract for recycling and refuse we created robust competition between experienced waste collection companies. This will now enable us to work with ECT Recycling to provide the best possible services for Somerset residents.
The partnership, a body comprised of Somersets five local authorities and its county council, will now begin negotiations to finalise the contract, which is expected to commence in October 2007.