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Viridor and Somerset Waste Partnership agree £80m extension

Waste management firm Viridor had extended its contract with six councils as part of a nine-year deal worth £80m.

Viridor’s contract with the Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) includes Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset district councils, Somerset County Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council.

It covers household waste recycling centre, composting and waste transport. Viridor’s Avonmouth energy-from-waste plant will also become operational in 2020, which will divert all landfilled waste to incineration.

The contract was signed in 2006 and was due to run until 2022. After an option for extension was agreed, it will now run to 2031.

Viridor head of contracts Patrick Murray said: “The contract extension acknowledges the pressures austerity has brought to local government, while recognising the significant ambitions the Somerset Waste Partnership has to maximise its recycling opportunities.

“This ambition reflects the desire of Somerset residents to become more resource efficient and to prioritise reuse over disposal.

Murray added that a commitment to recycling plastic pots, tubs and trays demonstrated that SWP and Viridor had “listened to residents’ wishes”.

SWP chairman Derek Yeomans said: “Working with Viridor is enabling us to keep all 16 recycling sites open and amend their opening hours to better reflect what the local community needs.”

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