Urbaser has won its largest single municipal contract in the UK: a seven-year joint contract for North Hertfordshire and East Herts District Councils’ waste collection and street cleansing services.
The contract, which covers 280,000 residents, begins in May 2018 with an option to extend for a further seven years.
Urbaser will be responsible for refuse and recycling collections plus garden, clinical, bulky and food wastes. It will also provide street cleansing duties, the cleaning and maintenance of public conveniences and the operation of a transfer station.
Michael Weeks, North Hertfordshire’s executive member responsible for waste and recycling, said: “We are committed to providing residents with quality services and good value for their council tax, and look forward to working in partnership with Urbaser to achieve just that.
“Like many councils, we have a reduced budget from central Government and we need to make savings of £4.2m annually by 2021-22. This measure will go a long way towards helping us achieve this.”
Urbaser is delivering service improvements including the collection of batteries in North Herts alongside other kerbside recycling services. An in-cab waste management system will also be introduced, with vehicle-mounted handheld PCs that integrate with back office systems, enabling frontline staff to view the latest service information, as well as message, report and log events. The plan is to allow residents to access services more readily online.
In addition, Urbaser’s vehicles will all be fitted with Euro 6 engines, and drivers will be trained to monitor fuel use and speed, as well as minimise unnecessary accelerating and breaking. It has also committed to using local suppliers, increasing local employment opportunities and investing in local charities and good causes for the duration of the contract.
Javier Peiro, Urbaser managing director, said: “We are committed to providing our clients with value for money and excellent service levels. We look forward to working with both councils.”
The company currently manages contracts for a number of local authorities including Gosport Borough Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.