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Suez renews Devon HWRC contract

Suez has renewed its partnership with Devon County Council to operate its 18 household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) for the next five years.

The contract, which is due to start on 1 April, is for an initial period of five years, with an option to extend annually for four years. Suez has already been operating the facilities, as well as two waste transfer stations, for the past five years.

Under the new contract, the council and the contractor will share equally in revenue generated from the sale of resale materials with the goal of an average waste-diversion target of at least 81%.

Revenue from selling materials will help to support the council’s cost of running the service.

Suez will invest in mobile plant and other minor site improvement works, and retain the 130 staff it employs at the sites.

James Pike, the company’s regional director, said: “We have enjoyed a really positive relationship with Devon County Council in the past five years and we are naturally very pleased to be able to continue this relationship.

“To date, we have worked in collaboration with the council to continually improve the customer experience, by educating our staff in respect of best practice principles around recycling and how to convey this information to residents.

“We have also introduced on-site reuse facilities for the benefit of residents and will look to strengthen this offering under the new contract.”

Roger Croad, council cabinet member for the environment, said: “This is a significant contract and we believe that, by renewing it, we have secured the best solution, with a focus on price, quality and value for money for the taxpayer.

“The contract will continue to provide a good service to Devon’s communities and the thousands of users of our HWRCs.”

  • Meanwhile Suez has suspended operations at its solid recovered fuel (SRF) facility at Landor Street, Birmingham, and with all its patented Climafuel product being produced at its Rugby facility which supplies the Cemex kiln. Cemex takes approximately 240,000 tonnes of SRF each year, of which 40,000 tonnes was manufactured at Landor Street. Suez says no date has been set for the re-opening of the Birmingham site, which will be dependent on off-take markets. Its MRF operation at Landor Street is unaffected.

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