Rushmoor Borough Council awards Serco new 10-year waste contract

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Serco has been selected by Rushmoor Borough Council to manage waste and recycling collection, street cleaning, and grounds maintenance across the borough in a new 10-year partnership.

Improvements Serco are expected to bring under the partnership include:

  • Introducing new free kerbside collections of small electrical items, responding to local residents’ feedback on additional items they would like to see collected.
  • Partnering with the Trussell Trust charity for recycling old appliances and furniture. The Trust will sell reusable items to local people in need, using the proceeds to support their Farnborough foodbank.
  • Investing in new ‘Fido’ dog foul cleaning machines and pressure washers to tackle pigeon droppings.
  • Reducing carbon emissions from waste vehicles by 30%, thanks to investment in hybrid technology, sustainable biofuels and on-board carbon reduction technologies.
  • Launching a ‘Love Clean Rushmoor’ smartphone app enabling residents to report environmental issues such as fly-tipping or broken street furniture.

Serco said it will continue to provide waste collection services at the same frequency as the current service provider with weekly collections for general waste, fortnightly collections for mixed recycling and glass, and fortnightly garden waste collections.

Serco will take over responsibility for waste, recycling and grounds services in Rushmoor from 31 July. According to Serco, all staff of the current service provider will have the opportunity to transfer to the company. The partnership has an estimated total contract value to Serco of £38m over the initial 10-year term, with the opportunity to extend the contract for a further 10 years, subject to the mutual agreement of Serco and Rushmoor Borough Council. As part of the contract, Serco said it will also invest in growing and developing a commercial waste and recycling service, to generate financial benefits for the partnership.

Robin Davies, Serco’s business development director for environmental services, stated: “All our plans have been developed by listening to local people."

Martin Tennant, Rushmoor Borough Council’s cabinet member for environment and service delivery, added: “From listening to our residents, we know that a weekly rubbish collection is very important to them. These will continue as part of the new contract as well as many other improvements at no extra cost to the taxpayer."

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