Bristol City Council Owned Company To Run City’s Waste Services

bristolBristol Waste Company (BWC), owned by a holding company owned by Bristol City Council (BCC) will be responsible for the city’s waste services for the next ten years, the council has announced.

Bristol City Council’s Cabinet awarded BWC a ten year agreement to provide an integrated service for the city.

This means that all of Bristol’s waste services will be brought together, with BWC responsible for the entire waste process including collection and disposal.

Previously, waste collection and waste disposal were procured separately.

Mayor of Bristol – “We have been given a real opportunity to make a difference to Bristol’s streets, and after considering all the facts, we believe that Bristol Waste Company offer us the best chance to achieve our ambitious goals for the city”

BWC will run an integrated model, covering a range of services. This will provide new opportunities for dealing with Bristol’s waste from beginning to end, and for working with communities to prevent waste, improve recycling rates and improve neighbourhoods, it says.

Responsibility for enforcement will continue to lie with the council, who will work closely with BWC to enable successful prosecutions

BWC is a limited company, wholly owned by Bristol Holding Company Limited, which is a company wholly owned by Bristol City Council.

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Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

As part of the agreement they will be required to submit an annual business plan and their performance will be monitored against a set of performance measures.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “One of my key promises to the city has been to launch a Clean Streets Campaign. We need a city wide strategy to tackling problems with littering and fly tipping, and to increase recycling rates. We must work closely with community organisations and schools to promote behaviour change.

“We have been given a real opportunity to make a difference to Bristol’s streets, and after considering all the facts, we believe that Bristol Waste Company offer us the best chance to achieve our ambitious goals for the city.

“There is a lot of work to be done, but we hope that a ten year contract will allow us the stability to make serious progress towards tidying up our streets.”

Under the terms of the agreement BWC will be responsible for:

  • Waste collection, street cleansing and winter maintenance
  • Communication, education and customer engagement
  • The council’s household waste and recycling centres
  • Waste treatment and disposal
  • The sale of recyclable material
  • Waste and recycling collection from council premises

BWC has also committed to provide revenue funding to manage, once built, a third household waste, reuse and recycling centre in Hartcliffe.

“The whole team at Bristol Waste is delighted to have been awarded this contract,” said Tracey Morgan, Managing Director of Bristol Waste Company.

“We look forward to working in partnership with communities across the city to increase recycling, reduce waste and keep our streets free from litter. Our aim is for Bristol to be a cleaner city, which is happier and healthier for all those who live, work and study here – and, of course, our many visitors.

“We are committed to cleaner streets and helping to build a greater a sense of pride in the city.”


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