The contract, worth over £8 million builds on the success of Veolia’s existing partnership with Wycombe District Council and includes a new contract for a street cleansing service in addition to the existing household collection service.
The contract will see the introduction of split bodied collection vehicles with separate compartments for cans and plastics and a separate unit for paper, which will reduce vehicle movements and fuel consumption. In addition, 90% of households will have their waste and recycling collected on the same day, making the service more effective.
Veolia also plans to enhance the street cleansing service by providing more mechanical sweepers and will work closely with the Council and local residents to ensure that the service meets the needs of local people.
Tom Spaul, Chief Operating Officer of Veolia Environmental Services (UK) said: “We are delighted to have won this contract and are looking forward to working more closely with Wycombe District Council to ensure that residents are able to recycle their waste more easily. Also by introducing split bodied collection vehicles we are able to make positive strides towards reducing our carbon footprint which builds on our commitment to continually enhance our environmental credentials.”
Cllr Audrey Jones, Wycombe District Council's Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Neighbourhoods, added: "Recycling rates in the Wycombe district are currently at about 44% and we hope that this new contract – which will make it easier for our residents to recycle their household waste – will result in an even higher rate. And cleaner streets – which we know is a priority for our residents - will make the Wycombe district an even more attractive place to live, work and visit."