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Suez claims Essex council contract

Suez has been awarded an eight-year contract for household recycling and waste collection in Maldon, Essex.

The contract with the district council, which is worth £15m over its eight-year duration, will begin from February 2016.

The current operator is Enterprise, which was bought in 2013 for a reported £385m by Ferrovial, the Spanish parent company of AmeyCespa.

In March, MRW reported that Maldon council planned to switch next year to fortnightly collections with weekly pick-ups of food waste for its 27,000 homes.

Ron Pratt, chairman of the council’s community services committee, said: “After a comprehensive procurement process, I am delighted to announce that Suez has been awarded the contract to operate our waste collection services from February for eight years.

“The existing collection arrangements will be maintained from the start of the new contract in February. Changes to the service will be implemented from the summer of 2016.

“Suez has vast experience of delivering new waste and recycling contracts. A change to an alternate weekly collection service from the summer of 2016 will, I believe, provide an easier, simpler and much improved service for our residents.”

Suez UK chief exective David Palmer-Jones said: “We have seen great success with our partners in neighbouring Rochford, which has held the accolade of having the best recycling rate in England, and we look forward to continuing that success in Maldon.”

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