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Veolia prevails in 'battle royal'

Veolia Environmental Services has prevailed in a ‘battle royal’ with other industry big guns to gain a much sought after local authority waste management contract.

Six competitive tenders were submitted to Hastings Borough Council for the contract that covers refuse collection, street cleansing and recycling, with Veolia triumphing.

Hastings Borough Council director of environment and safety Richard Homewood said: “This has been a lengthy process, but we were determined to get it right. We looked at all the options closely and went through a thorough process of grading the tenders to see which company would give us the best value for money and deliver the best service.

“The terms of the new contract have put greater emphasis on improving recycling performance and a higher specification of street cleaning.”
The contract is due to start this July and will initially last for seven years, but includes the possibility of an extension to 14 years depending on performance.

Homewood added: “Veolia Environmental Services is the new name for Onyx and with their updated image they have promised us a fresh approach to the service they offer.

“We considered six tenders and Veolia Environmental Services came out on top. We look forward to working closely with them and building on the good relationship we have already built.”

The news was also welcomed by Veolia Environmental Services chief executive Cyrille du Peloux, who said: “As the incumbent contractor, it gives us great pleasure to regain this contract and we see it as due recognition of the hard work and effort we have put into delivering an efficient and effective service to date.

“We look forward to maintaining our good partnership with Hastings Borough Council and to continuing to provide Hastings residents with a reliable service.”

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