Waste management firm Veolia Environmental Services has been awarded a 20-year waste and recycling contract worth £640 million by the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority on behalf of the Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership. The decision follows Veolias selection as preferred bidder last month.
The contract will start on 1 June and includes the development of a flagship materials recycling facility at Gillmoss, Liverpool due to commence construction before the end of the year.
The contract also includes:
* Refurbishment and management of a network of 16 household waste recycling centres;
* Investing in improving the performance of the existing Bidston MRF;
* And operation of the existing four transfer stations servicing the waste collection authorities.
Veolia Environmental Services chief executive Denis Gasquet said: Our investment in both new and existing recycling infrastructure will boost recycling capacity and ensure the HWRC network is user-friendly and attractive to visit. By supporting education initiatives to publicise reduce, re-use, recycle, we will also generate more interest in recycling across the region.
MWDA chairperson Kevin Cluskey added: This is an enormous achievement for Merseyside and will be a great boost for achieving improved recycling rates. In such financially depressed times it is encouraging to see this size of contract and level of investment in Merseyside.
The MWDA is a local government body consisting of nine elected members, representing five constituent district councils in the Merseyside area. It is responsible for organising and managing the disposal of waste collected by the five district councils of Merseyside.
Image: Merseyside contract signing L-R Veolia UK chief executive Jean-Dominique Mallet, Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority chairperson Kevin Cluskey sign the waste contract at MWDAs MRF in Bidston, Wirral.