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Verdant Group homeward bound

The Verdant Group has announced the signing of its first major contract in its home county of Kent.

It has been selected to provide street cleansing, waste collection and recycling services for residents of Swale Borough Council (SBC) under a contract worth approximately £21 million over seven years.

This deal follows hot on the heels of contracts with South Bedfordshire District Council, Rother District Council and Surrey Heath District Council.

Verdant development director Roger Edwards said: As a company headquartered in Kent, were very pleased to have secured our first major contract in the county. We know we can help Swale lift its recycling rate which has obvious local and national environmental benefits.

Verdant is very experienced in designing, implementing and running alternate week collections, and understands how to involve and help residents in the changeover.

The new contract will begin this month and will focus on implementing the alternate week kerbside collection of residual domestic waste and recyclables from around 55,000 households.

SBC cleansing services manager Alan Turner said: Verdant impressed us with the quality of its tender submission, as well as references from other local authority clients. The proposed new scheme is simple, convenient and proven, and were confident that Verdant will help Swale divert more materials for recycling and reduce overall waste.

Swale is a popular tourist destination and so effective waste and recycling management will be important for our overall image.

Roll-out of the scheme takes place during 2007, and all residents will be covered by February 2008. While an optional green waste collection service is also being considered, the deal will see Swale attempt to push recycling figures from 14.55% to 30% by 2006/07.

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