Municipal services contractor Biffa has won an eight-year contract, beginning in July, to provide household recycling and refuse collections and street cleansing for Manchester City Council.
This is one of the largest contracts won by Biffa, which provides waste management and related services for over 50 local authorities across Britain.
The contract award follows a year-long tendering process to find a single contractor to manage both household collections and street cleansing for over 514,000 residents of one of England’s largest and highest profile cities.
Collections are currently handled by staff from Enterprise Manchester, a joint venture between the council and Amey, while council workers provide the street services. Around 400 staff from both organisations will transfer to Biffa under their existing employment terms and conditions.
Pete Dickson, BIffa – “Biffa and the council face a number of challenges as we work together in a true partnership to drive up recycling and to drive down costs. But it’s familiar territory, and we’re confident that Biffa can make a difference”
By providing single-point management of both services, the contract aims to improve the city’s current recycling rate to around 50% by 2020, to ensure its streets are cleaner, and to reduce costs where possible.
Biffa will continue the current waste collection regime and clean nearly 840 miles of Manchester’s streets and roads.
Biffa says it will operate more efficient collection rounds and street cleansing schedules by ensuring the “right resources are deployed in the right place at the right time”.
Fiona Worrall, Manchester City Council’s head of neighbourhood delivery, said: “We took the decision to appoint Biffa as it proposed the best possible, most cost-effective service to meet the future needs of the city and its residents.
“Biffa’s track record in helping local authorities to divert waste by increasing recycling is impressive, and will play an important role in maximising value-for-money.”
Biffa Municipal commercial director Pete Dickson commented: “We’re immensely proud of winning the contract for Manchester, one of England’s largest and highest profile cities. It’s a real feather in Biffa’s cap.
“Biffa and the council face a number of challenges as we work together in a true partnership to drive up recycling and to drive down costs. But it’s familiar territory, and we’re confident that Biffa can make a difference.”
Ownership of Manchester’s recyclables and residual waste will continue to rest with the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority.