Wyre Council has chosen to extend its waste and recycling partnership with Veolia until 2028.
An initial contract between Veolia and Wyre Council commenced in April 2012 which included an option to further extend this by eight years. The council says it has fully evaluated its options for waste collection and along with some service delivery changes starting next year, this has been identified as the best value approach.
The partnership with Veolia has achieved “significant savings” over the initial eight year term of the contract, it says. Agreeing to extend the contract will aim to ensure that the council continues to deliver a service that offers “value for money” for residents.
In spring 2020 roll out a new bin for the recycling of glass, cans and plastic bottles. The council will replace the current box recycling system with a wheeled bin for each household providing increased capacity.
Recycling will be collected every fortnight alternating between the blue paper and card bin, and the new glass, cans and plastic bottles bin.
“We are aware that waste collection is a key service to all residents and we strive to maintain high standards whilst meeting legislative demands.”
Residual waste in the grey bins will continue to be picked up every two weeks. The paid for green waste service will also continue to be picked up every two weeks providing a minimum number of 22 collections per year. Households on a sack collection will not be affected.
Councillor Simon Bridge, Portfolio Holder for Street Scene, Parks and Open Spaces at Wyre Council commented: “Over the last eight years Veolia has delivered a quality service for us and the residents of Wyre, which has allowed us to make considerable savings. We are aware that waste collection is a key service to all residents and we strive to maintain high standards whilst meeting legislative demands.
“Through our waste survey we have listened to feedback about the current recycling boxes. It’s clear they can cause littering problems and they can also be difficult for residents and our operatives to pick up. This new system means that we will all be able to recycle much more efficiently. The new bins have a larger capacity and will also be much easier for residents and collection crews to handle.”
Philip Gilmour, Regional Director, Veolia UK & Ireland commented: “Wyre Council is a long standing and highly valued customer of Veolia. We are delighted to be extending our close-working relationship and look forward to continuing and improving the service delivery to the local community.
“Working in partnership with the council, the Veolia team id excited by the prospect of introducing new and improved recycling services for residents, to help deliver a more sustainable future.”