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FCC takes Wiltshire HWRC contract

Wiltshire Council has made a late change to its impending new waste management contracts by switching control of nine household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) from Hills Waste Solutions to FCC Environment.

Wiltshire’s cabinet originally confirmed on 19 January 2016 that Hills had secured the management of HWRCs and waste collection services from August 2017.

Other lots, including the treatment and disposal of residual waste, had been awarded in 2015, giving Hills all five contracts. Each was due to run for eight years, with the option of a further eight years.

Now the council has decided that FCC will manage the nine HWRCs from October while Hills will continue to provide the other waste and collection services. FCC has developed an interest in local authority HWRCs as part of its brand focus on reuse.

A spokesperson for FCC Environment said: “We have been delivering collections services in West Wiltshire for 10 years, and have a successful and proven track record.

“We are pleased with the contract announcement made by Wiltshire Council, and are looking forward to continue working in partnership to deliver the operation and management of the nine council-owned recycling centres from 2 October 2017.”

Bridget Wayman, cabinet member for waste services, was quoted in the local newspaper as saying: “We already have great working relationships with both Hills and FCC, and they are both as committed as we are to providing the best possible service.

“The good news for Wiltshire residents is they will be able to recycle even more and in a simpler way. We’ll make sure people have all the information they need about the new services in the coming months.”

  • Meanwhile, FCC Group’s net profit increased by 64% in the second quarter of 2017 compared with the first quarter. Group revenues declined by 3.4% due to the deconsolidation of a cement business in the US and the euro’s strength against most of the currencies in which the group operates. Adjusting for both effects, revenues increased by 2.1% year-on-year in the first half of 2017.

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