Veolia Environmental Services (VES) has been awarded a £48.3m contract with Buckinghamshire County Council to landfill residual waste from surrounding local authorities for the next four years.
Around 87,000 tonnes of waste from Chiltern, South Buckinghamshire and Wycombe district councils will eventually be dumped at either Woopsey’s Wood, Gerrards Cross and/or Springfield farm, Beaconsfield landfills each year.
It is a short-term interim contract that exists until Buckinghamshire’s energy-from-waste facility – which is to be built and operated by Covanta - comes online and renews the two existing landfill contracts VES has for these areas.
Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment Cllr Martin Tett said: “As a county we are continuously trying to improve the recycling and composting rates to reduce reliance on landfill. Although we are doing very well at this, with recycling rates around 44%, we currently still have a proportion of waste which is being landfilled.
“This contract provides us with a short term interim landfill disposal solution and avoids multiple procurement processes being carried out for each district area due to existing landfill contracts ending at different points in time.”
A VES spokesperson added: “The multimillion contract effectively amounts to the retention of existing business and will run until March 31, 2014 with the option for a three year extension.”
The agreement was awarded as part of the South Landfill Contract which was also won by VES. It already holds two separate landfill disposal contracts for these three district councils. The first one, which serves Chiltern and South Buckinghamshire began in May 1998 and will end in March 2012 and is estimated to produce 45,000 tonnes from this time. The second one which serves Wycombe district council began in October 1996 and ends this month with an estimated 42,000 tonnes of waste.