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Devon County Council award recycling contract
Devon County Council has awarded a contract to SUEZ recycling and recovery UK to operate its Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs).
Reported on in the CIWM Journal, the contract, due to commence on April 1 2017 and last for an initial five years, will see the council and Suez have an equal share in the revenue generated from the sale of resale materials. The revenue will help support the County Council’s cost of running the service.
SUEZ aims to achieve an average waste-diversion target of at least 81 per cent over the duration of the contract. The company will also will make an investment in new mobile plant and other minor site improvement works as part of the deal.
SUEZ bid for the contract as the incumbent service provider, having operated the HWRCs across Devon for the past five years. The company has an option to extend year-on-year for four years.
Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “This is a very significant contract for the County Council and we believe that, by renewing Suez’s contract, we have secured the best solution, with a focus on price, quality and value for money for the tax payer.
“The new contract will continue to provide a good service to Devon’s communities and the thousands of users of our household waste recycling centres.”
James Pike, regional director for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, said: “We have enjoyed a really positive relationship with Devon County Council over the past five years and we are naturally very pleased to be able to continue this relationship.
“To date, we have worked in collaboration with Devon County Council, to continually improve the customer experience, by educating our staff in respect of best practice principals around recycling and how to convey this information to residents. We have also introduced on-site re-use facilities for the benefit of residents and will look to strengthen this offering under the new contract.
“We look forward to continuing to serve the residents of Devon, by helping them to recycle or reuse as much as possible, over the next five years.”