Recycling and recovery

SUEZ secures contract extension with Warwick District Council

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK (SUEZ) has secured an extension to its existing household waste and recycling collection and processing contract with Warwick District Council.

SUEZ has managed the district’s waste and recycling contract since 2008. Under the contract extension SUEZ will continue to collect recyclable, organic and residual waste from the district’s over 65,000 households whilst the Council transitions to a joint waste collection contract with Stratford-upon-Avon District Council, expected to start in summer 2022.

SUEZ – who retained the contract in 2013 when it was last put out to tender – collect on average 10,000 tonnes of recyclable materials (card, paper, glass, cans, plastics and batteries), 17,000 tonnes of organic material (garden and food waste) and 21,000 tonnes of residual waste (waste that cannot and has not been recycled) each year on behalf of Warwick District Council. SUEZ also sorts the recyclable material at its Blick Road Transfer Station in Warwick.

SUEZ prides itself on prioritising the waste hierarchy: reduce, re-use, recycle and recovery. Wherever possible, residual waste is sent to an energy-from-waste facility to generate electricity, rather than landfill, and earlier this year, SUEZ collection crews in Warwick trialled new locally built electric collection vehicles, further supporting the Council’s ambition to be carbon neutral by 2025.

Warwick District Council and SUEZ have worked in partnership to increase recycling rates from 30.8% in 2008, when SUEZ took over the contract, to 55% in 2019.

Nick Browning, SUEZ’s Regional Manager, said: “We have worked closely with Warwick District Council for over twelve years and we are delighted to be continuing our strong partnership. I would like to thank our 90-strong workforce who work tirelessly to make a greener Warwick.” .

Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services Councillor Moira-Ann Grainger said: “Alongside SUEZ, Warwick District Council works hard to put waste to good use and to continually improve how much we recycle. We look forward to working with SUEZ and local residents to achieve our ambition of being carbon neutral by 2025.”