Telford & Wrekin Council has decided to award its waste management services contract to Veolia Environmental Services following an extensive and complex procurement process.
Subject to a legal “standstill” period required by EU law, the process is centred on securing improvements to waste services and the best value for money for local taxpayers.
The council set an affordability limit for the contract of £137.43m.
Services will be introduced in two phases, with a new kerbside recycling service introduced from April 2014 along with the treatment and disposal of waste, which is not recycled.
Estelle Brachlianoff, Veolia – “We are delighted to have been awarded the Waste Management Services contract by Telford & Wrekin Council and look forward to working together with the council at the next stage”
The second phase will then deliver the green and grey bin collection service and management of council owned Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) from April 2019.
The new kerbside service will offer a simplified and more efficient recycling system for residents. Combined with investment and operational improvements at the Community Recycling Centres (CRCs), this is expected to increase recycling performance from 43 percent to 60 percent in the medium term.
Waste that is not recycled will then be mostly diverted from landfill, according to the Council.
The procurement process began in July last year, following a 12 month waste review and started with an original pool of 12 interested companies.
The council anticipates delivering a focused communication programme to support the implementation of the new service after the legal standstill period expires at the end of October.
Councillor Shaun Davies, cabinet member for neighbourhood services, Employment and Skills, said: “Councils have a statutory duty to provide a waste collection and waste disposal service and we believe the successful bidder will provide both value for money and an improved service for the borough.”
Estelle Brachlianoff, Veolia Environnement Executive vice president UK and Northern Europe, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the Waste Management Services contract by Telford & Wrekin Council and look forward to working together with the council at the next stage.”