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Veolia recommended for SLWP contract

Street sweepings

The South London Waste Partnership (SLWP) has recommended Veolia as preferred bidder for an eight-year contract to provide harmonised waste collections across four boroughs.

As part of the contract, which could be extended to 16 years, the company would also provide street cleaning and winter gritting services.

The SLWP has also selected The Landscape Group for a contract of the same length to service parks, cemeteries and offer grounds maintenance in Merton and Sutton.

It expects the contracts will save the four boroughs “well in excess of” £30m; they currently spend a combined £38m a year on the services.

The partnership’s joint waste committee will be asked to endorse the preferred bidder recommendations when it meets on 7 June.

Its recommendations will then be put before relevant committees on each of the four boroughs at meetings during the next two months, with the final one being Croydon Council’s cabinet committee on 11 July.

Preferred bidder status will only be confirmed if all the relevant committees agree the recommendations.

After that, a four-month ‘fine tuning’ stage will begin, where finer details of the bidders’ proposed solutions are agreed.

SLWP joint committee chair Stuart Collins said: “I look forward to reviewing the way the procurement has been run, and deciding whether or not to endorse the outcome of the process, when I meet with my fellow committee members on 7 June.

“When you look at the very substantial savings we can achieve set against the incredibly difficult decisions we are all having to make about which services to reduce or stop providing all together, I believe that most local people will agree that making these changes is the right thing to do.

“Local residents can rest assured they will receive environmental services of the very highest quality, but at a greatly reduced cost to the public purse.”

If contracts are awarded, the proposed timetable would see the new recycling and waste collection service roll-out across Sutton in April 2017, Croydon and Merton in October 2018 and Kingston in 2022.

The four-borough collection service being proposed by Veolia would mirror the service they already operate in Kingston and Croydon, along with other London boroughs such as Bromley and Brent.

This would include a separate weekly collection of food waste, an alternate weekly collection of dry recycling (paper and card one week; tins, plastics and glass the next) and a fortnightly collection of residual waste.

The SLWP selected Viridor to treat the four councils’ residual waste during the next 25 years in 2011.

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