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Local authority wins for Suez, Veolia and Biffa

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Three of the UK’s biggest waste managers have announced contract wins this week.

Suez has won a contract with Devon County Council to develop a waste transfer station and process residual waste collected from households in North Devon and Torridge and six of the county’s household waste recycling centres.

The 10-year deal, with an option for a five-year extension, is valued at more than £60m and is due to be signed shortly.

Suez will build a new waste transfer station on a county council-owned site at Brynsworthy this year. When it comes into service in February 2019, residual waste will be taken to the Severnside Energy Recovery Centre near Bristol.

Suez says the total for residual waste is around 45,000 tonnes a year.

The company already operates 18 of the county’s household waste recycling centres and two waste transfer stations, which allows the new transfer station at Brynsworthy to be integrated into the existing management structure.

James Pike, regional director, said: “We are delighted to build on our existing partnership with Devon County Council.

“From 2019, not only will we be able to help the residents of Devon recycle and reuse as much as possible at their household waste recycling centres, we will also be able to divert residual waste from North Devon and Torridge from landfill.”

Meanwhile, Northampton Borough Council has awarded its environmental services contract to Veolia. The deal includes improved street cleansing, ground maintenance and the roll-out of new recycling bins by October.

The current regime of separating dry recyclables will change to a commingled arrangement. The contract will also see kerbside collection of small WEEE items introduced and more reuse of bulky items.

In a third announcement, Arun District Council has awarded Biffa’s municipal division a three-year extension to its current three-year contract, continuing a contractual relationship that started in 2003.

The extension will take the contract through to 2023, and Biffa anticipates six-figure annual cost savings during that time.

Biffa’s 133 staff and its 48 vehicles (pictured) will continue to provide weekly household refuse collections, fortnightly household recycling collections, streets and beach cleansing services, and a fortnightly garden waste collection service.

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