Sheffield Votes To End Veolia Waste Contract 20 Years Early

Town_Hall_landscape_daytime-620x330Sheffield City Council leaders have agreed to re-procure the authority’s waste services currently provided under a contract with Veolia, 20 years before the contract was originally due to end.

At a meeting held yesterday (18 January) at Sheffield Town Hall (pictured), Sheffield City Council’s cabinet committee voted to re-procure waste services, with a view to securing a new and improved service arrangement.

The priority now will be to ensure that the service continues to run smoothly, throughout the process of procuring new arrangements for waste services.

“Our contract with Veolia, which was signed 16 years ago, is no longer meeting our needs and is no longer compatible with the tough financial landscape in which the Government is forcing us to operate.”

Unless residents are specifically told of any changes, waste and recycling services will continue as normal and collection days will remain the same.

The contract with Veolia, which is due to expire in 2036, will continue until a new service provider is in place.

Councillor Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for the environment at Sheffield City Council, said: “We needed to find a best-value solution that ensures a quality waste service for Sheffield taxpayers, and this led us to the decision that was made yesterday.

“It is no secret that we are operating in very tough financial times and we have to do things differently.

“Our contract with Veolia, which was signed 16 years ago, is no longer meeting our needs and is no longer compatible with the tough financial landscape in which the Government is forcing us to operate.”

Veolia currently employs around 280 people in Sheffield. Sheffield City Council is committed to consulting with the affected workforce on these changes.

At present, Veolia is responsible for collecting and disposing of waste, running household waste recycling centres, managing and operating the Energy Recovery Facility at Bernard Road and the district heating network, bulky item collections and the collection and disposal of abandoned vehicles.

Dissapointed

A Veolia spokesperson said: “We are obviously disappointed by Sheffield City Council’s decision to seek to re-tender for its waste services. We have had a successful partnership with the Council, to date this relationship has lasted for sixteen years.

“During this time we have delivered state of the art treatment infrastructure, operated the flagship district energy network and significantly increased recycling.

“From the start of our contract in 2001, we have been a major investor in Sheffield, outperforming our contractual objectives and achieving close to landmark ‘zero waste to landfill’, whilst generating direct financial benefits to the city and providing value for money to the Council.

“Over £3m has been donated to community projects in the Sheffield area via the Veolia Environmental Trust.

“We will work with the Council to understand their timescales and ensure adherence to the full contractual implications of this decision. We’ll continue to keep our staff fully informed of developments as the situation becomes clearer.”

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