Recycling and recovery

SUEZ secures extension to Bracknell Forest collection contract

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK (SUEZ) have successfully secured an 8-year extension on the existing waste and recycling collection contract with Bracknell Forest Council, worth a total of £15.4 million. The contract has been held by SUEZ since 2001 and was officially extended from 01 April 2019, with amended services commencing on 01 July 2019.

As part of the contract extension, SUEZ will introduce CORE as part of the service delivery package for Bracknell Forest Council. CORE, an in-cab solution developed by SUEZ, allows crews to have their respective route sheets in an electronic format; enabling updates and real time information to be relayed to the Council’s back office systems. CORE will address time delays that the existing contract experienced due to lack of real time information and will enhance the service delivery to the residents of Bracknell Forest.

The contract extension will introduce a fleet of brand new vehicles, including eleven 26T Mercedes Faun, one 18T Dennis Elite and one Luton Box Van, replacing the existing eight-year old vehicles. This will improve the efficiency of the service by reducing maintenance time and the amount of breakdowns occurring. The new vehicles are also fitted with an auto breaking system which will improve safety for our crews and residents.

SUEZ has a long established partnership with Bracknell Forest Council which has included working on interesting pilot initiatives to improve recycling. A pilot collection of coffee pods in 2017 saw approximately 1.5 tonnes of plastic collected from 382 households, used to make a recycled plastic bench for the community. The partnership also introduced a programme where local residents earn points for recycling, which they can then use for discounts at the community leisure centre and other participating businesses.

Kim Shaw, Regional Manager for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, said: “We are delighted to be continuing our strong partnership with Bracknell Forest Council for another eight years. We very much look forward to continuing to deliver an efficient service for the local community and working with them on future initiatives to improve recycling.”