SUEZ has today announced that it has retained the waste and recycling collection contract for Calderdale Council after a competitive tender process.
The eight year contract, worth £58.8 million will deliver a number of improvements to the service, with the introduction of new, state of the art vehicles, with greater capacity, more recycling options and improved health and safety functions. The new service is also expected to offer greater value for money and realise significant savings for the Council in future years.
SUEZ has been providing waste collection services for Calderdale since 2008, and has evolved from a black bag, back door collection system to encompass wide ranging recycling opportunities. The current scheme, which was introduced in 2008 involves alternate weekly collections of refuse, with a weekly recycling service for glass, cans, paper, plastic bottles, textiles and food waste collections.
As a result of these weekly collections and the commitment of Calderdale residents, Calderdale is leading the way in recycling, with a household waste recycling rate of over 60%. Recent figures showed that it was the only authority in the Yorkshire and Humber region to recycle over 60% of waste, and one of only 7 authorities in England to achieve this feat.
The new contract will continue to build on this success, and from August 2016, residents will see the introduction of services to collect a wider range of recyclable material, plus improvements to the local Household Waste Recycling Centres across the borough.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Cllr Barry Collins, said:
“Waste collection and disposal is one of the services provided by the Council that residents value the most. It’s vital that we can provide a service that is both efficient and cost effective. SUEZ
“The Council has to make massive savings over the next few years; this contract will not only offer an improved service and greater efficiency, but also bring down cost and exceed the saving expectations for the waste service.”
SUEZ General Manager – Municipal Operations, Nick Browning, said:
“We are delighted to have retained responsibility for the delivery of waste and recycling collection services to the residents of Calderdale. This is an enduring partnership that has delivered long-term environmental benefits and we now look forward to working with the Council in the coming years to introduce further improvements to the high level of service that people have come to expect.”
More information about the changes that residents will see next year will follow in the coming months, including more detail about the new recyclables we’ll soon be able to collect.