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Tories seek to ditch Veolia council contract

Merton Council’s Conservative opposition has called a special meting to try to get Veolia thrown off a large-scale waste contract.

The Tories want the Labour-controlled council’s cabinet to “investigate and publish options for Merton Council to move to a different waste services contractor at the earliest break clause in the contract with Veolia”.

Veolia provides services for Merton under a £209m South London Waste Partnership contract, which started in 2017 and also covers the neighbouring boroughs of Croydon, Kingston-upon-Thames and Sutton. It lasts until 2025.

The motion calls on Merton to consider “the continuing role and suitability of the South London Waste Partnership in contract management” and why a local campaign named Mucky Merton “has gained traction”. It also accuses Veolia of failing to deal with fly-tipping.

Veolia published an apology for its performance a year ago, when council leader Stephen Alambritis said: “With so much of the litter on our streets caused by black bags being ripped open, the introduction of wheelie bins later this year should improve matters.

”Of course, it is not Veolia who drop the remaining litter. The people who do must take their share of responsibility – and if we catch them we will fine them.

“But it’s helpful to have this assurance from Veolia that they will be working flat out to give Merton residents the service we deserve.”

Veolia has been contacted for comment.

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