South London Waste Partnership awards Veolia waste and recycling contract

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Veolia, through its subsidiary Veolia ES UK, has signed a new recycling and waste services contract spanning four South London boroughs; Sutton, Merton, Croydon and Kingston. The new eight-year contract worth over £209 million, and with two possible eight-year extensions, is also reported to have prompted the recruitment of 330 staff from 1 April when the new contract began.

Veolia will be responsible for delivering a new-look collection service to households in Sutton, as well as an ‘as-is’ (no change) collection service in Merton. The new service will be introduced in Merton and Croydon in October 2018 and Kingston in April 2019. Veolia will manage recycling and waste collections, street cleansing, commercial waste, recyclate material sales, winter maintenance and vehicle management for one million residents over the four London boroughs.

Phil Doyle, chair of the South London Waste Partnership Joint Committee said: “These new contracts will deliver high quality services and save tens of millions of pounds - well in excess of the £30m savings target that was set. Working together, the four boroughs have negotiated excellent deals with two commercial partners who bring huge experience and expertise to the table.

“When we started out on this procurement in 2015, there were some who doubted we would ever get to this point. Recycling and rubbish collection in particular is such a sensitive and difficult service to be re-designing. Doing this across four London boroughs, with three different political parties in power, was seen by some as too difficult.

“But the four boroughs of the South London Waste Partnership have once again worked together in an effective and business-like manner. This sort of cross-party, cross-boundary working is going to have to become the norm if we are to achieve the more harmonised approach to waste collections that regional and national government are advocating. The South London Waste Partnership has shown that it can be done.”

Estelle Brachlianoff, senior executive vice president, Veolia UK and Ireland, stated: “Through the partnership, we have the opportunity to harmonise services across the four London boroughs to deliver significant cost savings and high quality, reliable services that will boost sustainability and preserve resources.”

The move will see services move from in-house at Merton and Sutton to all being operated by Veolia similar to those already operated in Croydon and Kingston. The contract is expected to assist each council achieve cost savings from measures including fortnightly refuse collections, which will help to boost recycling. Residents will be able to recycle a number of materials such as paper, glass, plastic and food waste.

These services will operate alongside the South London Waste Partnership (SLWP) household waste and recycling centres contract which was awarded to Veolia in July 2015 to manage reuse and recycling of household waste across six sites.

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