SOLIHULL Council has signed a £140million deal with a new environmental service company to collect household waste and operate its recycling centre.
Following an 18-month procurement process, the council has signed a ten-year environmental service contract with Veolia ES (UK) Limited and its partner Idverde.
The new contract will deliver all the environmental services currently supplied in the borough by Amey.
This includes collecting household waste, recycling and garden waste collections, street cleansing, operating Bickenhill Household Waste Recycling Centre, grounds maintenance, forestry and tree services.
In addition to the services residents already receive, Veolia will collect garden waste all year round and small electrical items from the kerbside.
There will also be much greater use of technology to help support the Council’s ambitions to reduce the CO2 emissions in the borough to net zero by 2041.
The new contract will start from April 1 next year.
Councillor Ken Hawkins, cabinet member for Environment and Infrastructure, said: “I can assure residents that this new contract will bring improvements to the services they receive, making them even better over the next decade working with our new contractor Veolia and Idverde.
“We made it clear to all bidders that it was the quality of the services that they could offer that was the most important factor in choosing a new partner.
“I would also like to thank Amey for their decade of service and Glendale for nearly 25 years of service and wish them well for the future.”
Gavin Graveson, Veolia Executive Vice-President, UK and Ireland, said: “We are delighted to have won this important contract with our partner, Idverde and look forward to working with Solihull Council to deliver the best services possible.
“We both have extensive experience of delivering high quality services around the UK and will work with the Council to ensure Solihull residents experience a seamless transition next year. As we build our relationships I am confident we can bring new and innovative services to the borough.”