Suez has renewed its partnership with East Devon District Council in a new contract which will see the roll-out of a trial involving three-weekly residual collections and the addition of materials such as mixed plastics for weekly collection.
From 2017, all 68,000 households in the district will be served by the seven-year scheme, which has an option to extend up to three further years.
The council says it wants the deal with Suez, costing about £4m a year, to take the district household recycling rate to at least 60%.
Iain Chubb, portfolio holder for environment, said it put the council “at the cutting edge of environmental sustainability”.
“The new service will mean residents can recycle more – something they have been asking us to help them with for some time now – and bring considerable benefits to our environment too, as we will be wasting less.”
Steve Holgate, general manager, municipal at Suez, said: “We are delighted to have won this market-leading contract, which will enable us to continue our partnership with East Devon, helping local residents recycle as much as possible through reliable and progressive collection services.
“Our local team has established itself in the community in recent years, and our people take great pride in providing a friendly, efficient and professional service while they help to protect the lovely environment of East Devon.”
The trial has been carried out at 1,400 households in two areas in which recyclates are collected weekly at the kerbside.
Chubb said: “The households involved have been outstanding and the trials have been an enormous success. Some of those taking part are recycling more than 60% of their waste each week – an increase of 18% in some cases – which is phenomenal”.
A fleet of new lorries to separate and store dry recycling from the kerbside are not due to arrive until the end of the year,meaning the new service will be rolled out over a phased period in early 2017.