The new service will improve the level of recycling and divert waste from landfill with a projected increase in recycling from its current rate of 43 per cent to 59 per cent, once all the proposed investment and operational improvements are in place.
The main change residents will see from April 2014 will be the introduction of a new wheelie bin for plastic, glass and cans. There will be no change to the current collection days.
The kerbside recycling service will maintain the current range of materials – including cardboard – but will use fewer containers making it easier for residents.
Telford & Wrekin Council will be announcing more in depth details in the next couple of months about the service residents can expect from April 2014.
Veolia will take over services in two phases starting with the kerbside collection of recyclables and treatment of recyclable and non recyclable waste from next April.
In April 2019, they will take on the remaining services including the kerbside collection of green and non recyclable waste and the management of Community Recycling Centres (CRCs). TWS will continue to manage all other services up until April 2019.
As part of the new contract, it is intended that a new integrated waste management facility will be constructed.
This will include a new purpose built CRC on a site which has been identified on the Hortonwood industrial estate, subject to planning consent. The existing Halesfield site will be remodelled to improve the facilities offered.
Veolia currently employs over 14,000 people in the UK. Employees working for the current contractor in services falling under the new contract will transfer to Veolia at the appropriate time.
Veolia will be investing in infrastructure over the life of the contract as well as developing partnerships with local businesses.
Councillor Shaun Davies, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “It has been an extensive and robust process to arrive at the point where we have appointed Veolia as our preferred bidder.
“To be able to offer Telford residents enhanced recycling and waste services while making significant contract cost savings is no mean achievement.”
Councillor Bill McClements, cabinet member for Finance and Enterprise, said: “Our procurement process has taken more than two years and we are confident Veolia will deliver a more cost effective service for every home in the borough. The new contract will help the Council save £30m.“
Estelle Brachlianoff, Veolia Environnement Executive Vice-President UK and Northern Europe said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the waste management services contract by Telford & Wrekin Council and look forward to working in partnership to deliver an efficient and cost effective service for local residents.”