SUEZ signs Southend disposal contract worth £22 million over five years


SUEZ recycling and recovery UK has secured a new contract to manage residual and bulky waste in Southend-on-Sea worth a total of £22 million over five years.

The contract was awarded with an annual value of £4.4 million for an initial period of five years and the potential for a five-year extension.

Under the contract, SUEZ will manage all the residual and bulky waste collected from over 78,000 households in Southend-on-Sea and two council-operated Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs).

The new contract also includes any residual waste collected through street and beach cleansing or from fly-tipping, for a combined total of 44,300 tonnes per year.

Under this new contract, SUEZ says 36,900 tonnes of residual waste collected from households in Southend-on-Sea will be diverted away from landfill and sent to the Suffolk Energy from Waste (EfW) facility near Ipswich where it will be used as a fuel to generate electricity.

We look forward to partnering with Southend-on-Sea City Council over the next five years.

The Suffolk EfW facility is operated by SUEZ on behalf of Suffolk County Council. The facility was built to process waste from homes and businesses in Suffolk and the surrounding areas with an initial capacity of 269,000 tonnes per year, but SUEZ says efficiency improvements have allowed the plant to process up to 295,000 tonnes per year.

The new residual waste contract for Southend-on-Sea commenced in January 2023 and will run for an initial term until 2028.

Commenting on the new contract, Amanda Padfield, Director of Public Sector Development for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, said: “We look forward to partnering with Southend-on-Sea City Council over the next five years, using our regional network to help divert more waste away from landfill in the East of England.

“By sending the residual waste to the Suffolk EfW facility, this new contract will also bring further efficiencies for the plant and our other local authority partner in the region, Suffolk County Council.”

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