The East Sussex Joint Waste Partnership has agreed a mutual exit with Kier in relation to its waste collection, recycling and beach cleansing services contract, with the contract now due to end on 28 June 2019, having originally been scheduled to run until 31 March 2023.
Julian Tranter, managing director, Kier said: “Kier has been delivering waste, recycling, beach and street cleansing services as part of the East Sussex Joint Waste Partnership since 2013. We’re proud of our satisfaction rate of 95 percent and our investment in local community projects.
“Following significant change in the recycling market, Kier and East Sussex Joint Waste Partnership have mutually agreed to end the contract with effect from 28 June 2019. We continue to work closely together to provide a high quality service for residents and stability for our teams during the transition.”
A spokesman for the East Sussex Joint Waste Partnership added: “The four councils save £3m a year through our partnership with Kier, and the average recycling rate across the partnership has increased from 37 percent to 40 percent – that’s an extra 1,500 tonnes or 130 lorry loads a year.
“Our focus as a partnership remains on the standard of services being provided for residents so we will continue working locally with Kier to achieve the best possible levels of service over the next two years. By the time the contract expires the councils will have saved circa £18m”.
What Happens After 2019?
The joint waste contract will serve residents living in the Eastbourne, Hastings, Rother and Wealden council areas until 28 June 2019. The four councils will determine the way forward during 2017 to ensure the new service complies with legislative changes and provides the most economic and sustainable waste, recycling and street cleansing services before any procurement takes place.
The services will continue to be provided by Kier until the end of the contract in 2019. Residents will be able to continue to use the kerbside waste and recycling collection system as they currently do and should continue to recycle as much as they can.