The contract for waste collection in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, has been retained by Suez, maintaining a partnership dating back to 2008 which boasts one of the highest recycling rates in England.
The current scheme involves alternate weekly collections of refuse, with weekly collections for glass, cans, paper, plastic bottles, textiles and food.
Calderdale’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, Barry Collins, said: “The council has to make massive savings during the next few years. These contracts will not only offer an improved service and greater efficiency, but also bring down costs and exceed the saving expectations for the waste service.”
Calderdale has a household waste recycling rate of more than 60% and is the only authority in the Yorkshire and Humber region, and one of only seven in England, to recycle at that level.
Nick Browning, Suez general manager for municipal operations, said: “This is an enduring partnership that has delivered long-term environmental benefits. We look forward to working with the council to introduce further improvements to the high level of service that people have come to expect.”
Non-recyclates are processed by AWM, which has sites in Bradford and Leeds, and receives more than 500,000 tonnes of mixed waste every year from five local authorities.
AWM business development director Tim Shapcott said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract, which represents one of the largest won by the business.
“Our aim is to … reach 100% through improved recycling, investment in technology and the full utilisation of our partnership with the newly commissioned Ferrybridge Multifuel incinerator.”