Recycling and recovery

New waste, recycling and environmental services launches for Milton Keynes

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK marks the launch date of new contract to collect Milton Keynes’s waste, keep the streets clean, and maintain council owned green spaces and play areas.

Following a comprehensive mobilisation period over the summer, SUEZ recycling and recovery UK is pleased to officially announce the commencement of its new municipal collection and street cleansing contract with Milton Keynes City Council.

As part of the new service provision, Milton Keynes City Council delivered 300,000 new wheeled bins to the residents of Milton Keynes ready for collection with a new ultra-modern fleet of 65 RCVs. With a further 64 vehicles allocated to street cleansing, grounds maintenance and play areas, SUEZ vehicles will soon become a familiar sight in the region.

Each vehicle is equipped with 360-degree cameras on board to improve safety and record any issues, as well as electric bin lifts to cut fuel consumption and emissions. In addition to this, approximately 25% of the fleet is electric to reduce local carbon emissions, aligning with the company’s People, Planet, Profit ethos.

The shiny new vehicles were effectively deployed to fulfil contract requirements and to ensure continuity of service from Monday 04 September 2023.

An additional 250 members of staff were welcomed and trained to SUEZ’s municipal services as part of the contract, servicing around 119,000 households across Milton Keynes. The contract start coincides with the households moving to wheeled bins, which will be better for the local environment by reducing street litter, limiting capacity to increase recycling rates and improving the quality of recyclable materials.

The contract between Milton Keynes City Council and SUEZ is for five years, with the possibility of a further five-year extension, to provide household collections of recycling, garden and food waste and residual.

Daniel Gillert, Regional Business Manager for SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK said: “Today marks a major milestone as we announce the start of a brand-new waste and environmental services contract for Milton Keynes City Council. After a very comprehensive mobilisation period over the summer, which saw the arrival of new state-of-the-art vehicles and 250 new staff members at SUEZ, we’re all excited about what the future will bring for us here in Milton Keynes and we’re ready to hit the ground running.

SUEZ is in a great position to support Milton Keynes in its ambition to have Britain’s greenest weekly waste and recycling collections, and we’re confident that together we can reduce carbon emissions for the city and help people recycle more confidently.”