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Biffa wins £50m contract

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Biffa Group has won a seven-year contract with North Somerset Council to collect household recyclables and residual waste, and manage its local household waste recycling centres (HWRCs).

Biffa, one of three municipal contractors invited to submit final tenders, will replace incumbent contractor Kier. Some 160 staff will transfer from Kier to Biffa.

The £50m contract, effective from 1 March 2017 until the end of February 2024, includes an option for a further extension of 13 years.

North Somerset was ranked 11th in Defra’s 2014-15 recycling league table with a recycling rate of 60.1%.

Biffa Municipal managing director Roger Edwards said: “North Somerset has solid plans to advance its outstanding recycling record while husbanding financial resources.

“With Biffa’s proven experience in helping authorities to reduce waste through effective recycling, coupled with high service standards and cost-saving productivity, we should make a formidable team.”

Peter Bryant, North Somerset’s executive member for recycling and waste, said: “There are a number of features of the new contract which I hope our residents will welcome, and that will enable us to maintain our position as one of the top performing councils in the country for recycling and waste.”

Service changes planned for North Somerset’s 95,000 households include providing wheeled bins, rather than sacks, for garden waste, and a rollout of colour-coded recycling boxes.

It will also introduce kerbside collections of small waste electrical and electronic equipment and improved food waste collections from flats.

The range of materials that can be accepted at Weston-super-Mare, Portishead and Backwell HWRCs will also be expanded to include hard plastics and plate glass.

Biffa will operate from a new depot at the Westland Distribution Park in Weston-super-Mare. It will be the operational centre for the contract, as well as a transfer station for dry recyclables. Some 60 vehicles will be purchased to service the contract.

So far this year, Biffa has secured six municipal contracts, four of which resulted from its acquisition of the municipal and industrial and commercial business of contractor Cory.

The other contract is with Cannock Chase District Council, which started in April.

These contracts bring the annual turnover of Biffa’s municipal division to approaching £200m.

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