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Suez wins Somerset contract

Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has named Suez as its new waste collections contractor in a £210m deal.

Suez will deliver the partnership’s ’Recycle More’ service, which collects a wider range of materials than before, including more plastic packaging, Tetra Paks, small electrical items and household batteries.

The contract covers all councils in Somerset and is worth £210m over its initial 10 years, with an option to extend for a further 10 years. It will employ around 460 people.

’Recycle More’ will be phased in from next year. The SWP said the resulting increase in recycling would reduce residual waste sufficiently to switch to a three-weekly collection for this.

Most waste currently landfilled will go to a new resource recovery centre in Avonmouth, where it will be used to generate electricity.

Somerset’s service is currently provided by Kier and all staff will transfer to Suez in March 2020. Staff have been briefed by Steve Holgate (pictured, left), Suez director of municipal services, and Mickey Green, SWP managing director.

Suez chief executive David Palmer-Jones said: “We are pleased to be selected by the SWP to help deliver on the ambitions of ’Recycle More’, and look forward to developing a strong partnership which reflects our mutual commitment to innovation and leadership within the sector.

“Suez has considerable experience delivering source-segregated recycling collection systems which maximise recycling opportunities for residents, and we look forward to bringing that expertise to this partnership.”

Suez said it now holds around 70 waste and recycling local authority contracts.



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