Leading recycling and waste management company, Veolia Environmental Services has been awarded a £70 million contract by Dover District Council working in partnership with Shepway District Council and Kent County Council.
The 10 year contract is the first stage in a project being developed between the four East Kent collection authorities; Dover District Council, Shepway District Council, Thanet District Council, Canterbury City Council and the waste disposal authority, Kent County Council.
The contract will commence in January 2011 and consists of two phases. From the outset Veolia will provide joint collection, recycling and street cleansing services for Dover and Shepway for the first time.
Previously, Veolia was solely responsible for Shepway collection and recycling services. The contract also includes the processing of all kitchen and green waste and mixed recyclables collected from within the two authorities.
The new joint arrangement is designed to maximise efficiency and boost recycling with a new weekly food and kitchen waste service introduced in addition to the existing recycling services.
Phase two will commence in 2013 when Veolia will maximise landfill diversion by also providing waste treatment services for Thanet and Canterbury, involving the processing of kitchen and green waste and mixed recyclables.
Jean-Dominique Mallet, Chief Executive of Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Plc said: "We are committed to helping the East Kent Joint Waste Partnership achieve the goal of maximising operational efficiency by delivering improved services that will increase recycling and reduce the cost of disposal.
"It is inevitable that in the current economic climate more authorities will consider joint working arrangements and through this contract we will demonstrate we have the resources and capabilities to deliver value for money and improved services by combining innovation and economies of scale."
Cllr Nicholas Kenton, DDC Cabinet Member for Environment, Waste and Planning said: “We are very pleased to announce this new contract, which will help us to protect resources and make dramatic improvements to the amounts we recycle. This important partnership working means we can keep our costs as low as possible, while helping us all to work together to recycle more and protect the environment for the future.”
Cllr Rory Love, SDC Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Services, said: “I am delighted that our districts will be working with Veolia Environmental Services in the years ahead following their submission of a highly competitive bid to deliver an exceptional quality of service for our residents.
"We invited our residents to help design the service they wanted. Residents told us they wanted to recycle more types of plastic, so that is what we shall do. They told us they wanted a weekly collection of food waste, so that is what we shall do. And they said they wanted better co-ordination between refuse collection and street sweeping, and that is what this new contract will deliver.”
Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste, Nick Chard said: "This is a clear demonstration of how councils can work together to reduce costs for the benefit of their residents."
For further information, please see the Veolia website at www.veolia.co.uk; DDC website at www.dover.gov.uk or the SDC website at www.shepway.gov.uk or the KCC website at www.kent.gov.uk