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Somerset to put collections out to tender

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Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has reached an agreement with Kier to end its waste and recycling collection contract 18 months early as part of plans to renegotiate services.

As part of plan to set up ’unified deals’ for collections, residual waste disposal and vehicle procurement, the SWP is to issue a prior information notice on 20 November.

It said the new contracts were to align services, with a switch from sending residual waste to landfill to the Avonmouth energy-from-waste (EfW) facility currently being constructed by Viridor.

SWP managing director Mickey Green (pictured) said: “Aligning the timetable for investment, services and disposal ensures the maximum efficiency, greatest savings and the best possible waste solution for Somerset.

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“It is a crucial part of our plan to support people to waste far less and recycle even more.”

Julian Tranter, Kier environmental services managing director, said: “To allow SWP to implement its ‘Recycle More’ strategy and invest in new vehicles, Kier and SWP have mutually agreed to end the contract with effect from 27 March 2020.

“We continue to work closely together to provide a high-quality service for residents and stability for our teams during this time.”

The SWP was set up in 2007 to manage waste services for around 256,000 homes on behalf of Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and West Somerset District Councils, Taunton Deane Borough Council and Somerset County Council. It was hailed as the first county-wide waste partnership in the country.

Kier was awarded a contract for household recycling and waste collection services while Viridor took on household waste recycling centres, landfill sites and other services.

The contract with Kier was due to expire in September 2021 while Viridor’s runs to 2022.

Viridor’s £252m EfW facility at Avonmouth is expected to be completed in 2020-21. It will have a capacity of 320,000 tonnes a year and deliver 33MW of electricity, which equates to about 260,000MWh a year.

Viridor is confident of being able to fill the facility’s capacity on opening with more than 50% of fuel already agreed, including 35% from a long-term contract with SWP.

SWP’s budget for kerbside recycling for 2018-19 stands at just over £9.1m.

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