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Veolia is number one choice for West Berkshire

West Berkshire Council has selected Veolia Environmental Services for its 25-year integrated PFI waste contract.

The council hopes that the decision will provide an improvement in kerbside recycling in
West Berkshire . The contract also covers the councils waste collection, recycling, disposal and street cleansing services.

It is expected to start in October 2007 subject to the completion of negotiations.

Veolia Environmental Services communications director Kevin Hurst said: Our selection as preferred bidder underlines our competitiveness in the multi-billion pound PFI market where our commitment to landfill diversion and recycling is backed up by long term infrastructure investment.

By implementing an integrated approach which maximises the efficiency of collection, treatment and disposal, the council can benefit from improved economies of scale as it works with residents to meet increased recycling targets.

The council has been awarded PFI credits of £28.49 million which will contribute to the major investment in materials recovery, waste transfer, in-vessel composting and household waste recycling facilities.

West Berkshire Council executive councillor Geoff Findlay said: This new contract will ensure recycling rates of at least 45%.

This will make a huge contribution to protecting the local environment from greenhouse gases.


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