South Gloucestershire Council claim in-house collections could be 'cheaper than SUEZ'

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SUEZ operates the council's Sort It recycling centres and waste transfer facilities

South Gloucestershire council is considering bringing its household rubbish collections back in-house after a spokesperson claimed it could do it ‘significantly cheaper’ than current contractor SUEZ.

A meeting was held on 4 February by the Conservative cabinet to assess how to decrease the annual spending on waste collections, which is currently at £10m.

The contract has been managed by SUEZ since 2000, but with targets to cut spending by £19.4m by 2021- 2022, the council is under pressure to streamline services.

One of the options considered was merging the waste collections with its in-house StreetCare team which would mean all collection staff and waste collection vehicles would transfer over to the council next year.

This is five years before the end of the SUEZ contract, which the council believes will save more than £1m annually.

Recycling rates have risen from 6% to 60% since SUEZ took over the contract.

The district’s recycling and waste transfer centres are also managed by the firm but this is suspected not to be affected.

Council leader Toby Savage said: “Working together we have made excellent progress in recent years. The next step is to not only be more environmentally sustainable, but financially sustainable as well, by delivering even better value for money. We will continue to work with SUEZ and their staff to ensure that we achieve both of these things for residents of South Gloucestershire.”

Talks are still ongoing, and there is the potential that the council could negotiate a new agreement with SUEZ if savings could be made.

James Pike, SUEZ regional director, added: “After many years of successful partnership we are naturally disappointed that the council is considering taking the collection service element of the contract in house before our contract ends in 2025.”


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