Havering Council’s multi-million pound contract for its weekly waste and recycling services has been awarded to Serco Direct Services. The contract will last for seven years and was previously managed by Biffa.
Serco Direct Services will take over the contract from August this year.
It will remain a weekly collection service with waste in black bags and recycling placed in orange sacks.
There will be some minor revisions to collection routes, which will be confirmed later this year.
Councillor Barry Tebbutt, StreetCare: “We’re really looking forward to working with Serco, they’ve come up with some good ideas to help minimise waste and ensure that the already exceptional standards that we have are maintained”
To reduce CO2 emissions, the new lorries will be double-sided meaning that both black and orange sacks can be collected together but placed in separate compartments.
This will have no effect on the amount of waste that gets recycled as the bags will be treated separately.
Councillor Barry Tebbutt, Cabinet Member for StreetCare said: “We’re really looking forward to working with Serco, they’ve come up with some good ideas to help minimise waste and ensure that the already exceptional standards that we have are maintained.
“We are proud that in Havering we have been able to maintain a weekly collection when many other areas have lost theirs. Our black and orange sacks are easy and straightforward to use and there will be no change to these services when Serco come on-board.”