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Veolia set for Stafford contract

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Veolia has been chosen by Stafford Borough Council as its preferred bidder for a £35m 10-year municipal waste and recycling collection contract to serve 57,000 homes.

The contract, due to start in February 2018, will replace the existing arrangement with Biffa. It will provide services including recycling and household waste, garden and commercial waste collections as well as ‘bring sites’.

Veolia will invest in a new fleet of vehicles and will be re-drawing collection routes in a bid to cut mileage and avoid traffic-sensitive areas.

Its proprietary Echo technology tracks vehicles, confirms tasks, changes routes and adds collections into the system in real-time. It will also be used to improve services, reduce contamination and curb fly-tipping through the software’s intelligence gathering.

Estelle Brachlianoff, senior executive vice-president, Veolia UK and Ireland, said: “Our teams are dedicated to providing an efficient service to the communities we serve. This new contract will help to increase recycling rates across the borough, enabling it to better realise the value of its recycling as a valuable commodity.”

Locally, Veolia has offices in Four Ashes and Cannock, and provides services to communities in Staffordshire and the neighbouring areas in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

Since 2014, Veolia’s energy recovery facility at Four Ashes has been processing residual waste.

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