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St Albans gets weekly food collections

Street sweepings

St Albans City and District Council has awarded an eight-year contract to Veolia, which will see the move to weekly collections of food waste.

The food waste, previously collected fortnightly, will be transformed into garden compost as part of the £40m contract beginning 13 June.

Veolia is targeting an increase in the recycling rate from last year’s 52.3% to 60% after two years.

The contract includes the collection of recycling, refuse and organic waste, street cleansing, fly tip removal and emptying litter bins.

New in-cab technology has been introduced by the firm to improve fuel conservation while it hopes a revamped IT system will enhance customer service.

Estelle Brachlianoff 2000

Estelle Brachlianoff 2000

Estelle Brachlianoff (pictured), Veolia UK and Ireland senior executive vice-president, said: “This new contract further increases our presence in Hertfordshire and will deliver cost savings to the council as well as environmental benefits.

“By introducing the increased frequency food waste service, using the latest technology and working closely with residents, we are well placed to achieve the new recycling targets and replenish more precious resources.”

Veolia manages municipal waste for three of the 10 collection authorities in Hertfordshire: North Herts District Council; East Herts District Council; and Watford Council.

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