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Urbaser to take over Serco council contract

Urbaser has won a contract for waste, recycling and street cleansing from Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, worth £4.6m a year to run for nine years.

Bids for the contract were overseen by a cross-party procurement board and independent environmental consultancy Eunomia. Urbaser will take over the contract from Serco from April 2020.

Improvements to the service due to be introduced include weekly food waste collections, and weekly collections of small items, textiles and household batteries.

There are no immediate plans to change bin collections but the service will be reviewed once Urbaser takes over, and it has promised to notify residents “well in advance” of any changes.

A £1.1m a year contract has also been awarded by Welwyn Hatfield to Continental Landscapes for grounds maintenance works.

Urbaser managing director Javier Peiro said: “We are committed to enhancing the existing services to help achieve increased recycling rates, while improving street cleanliness and implementing innovative solutions to reduce littering.”

Council corporate director Ka Ng said: “We’re really pleased to put new contracts in place that deliver value for money and better services for our residents. We know people want to recycle as much as they can, and we’re positive the borough’s recycling rate will increase as we give residents more opportunities to do so.

”We wil be working closely with Serco in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition, and I would like thank them for their many years of hard work in the borough.”

Urbaser already works with numerous local authorities across the UK including Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Bournemouth, East and North Herts, Gosport, Waltham Forest and Burnley.

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