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Veolia to begin southern Buckinghamshire recycling and waste contract

Waste management company Veolia will begin a 10-year contract on Monday 7 September to deliver household waste collections and street cleansing services in Chiltern, Wycombe and South Buckinghamshire, Buckinghamshire Council has announced.

The contract is worth around £235 million and will see Veolia take over from Biffa in South Buckinghamshire and from Serco in Chiltern and Wycombe.

Agreed back in April, the new service will be rolled out in phases, with Chiltern and Wycombe receiving the new service from September 2020 and South bucks receiving it in November 2021.

The contract will see the introduction of new operational, technological and community-based initiatives that will provide improved access to funding for local projects, helping to make services cleaner, greener and more efficient.

In December, Veolia will introduce a ‘village’ approach to street cleansing, with teams directly responsible for improving the service in their area, creating local community spaces as a result.

From Spring 2021, Veolia will introduce a new fleet of collection vehicles with lower emissions, that are equipped with electric bin lifts and state-of-the-art in-cab technology that provides residents with real-time updates and problem reporting capabilities.

While some changes to collection days will be made in Chiltern and Wycombe from Spring 2021, residents will be able to use the same bins and recycle the same range of materials.

Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: “We’re pleased to be working with Veolia through the award of this major new contract for bin collections and street cleansing across the south of the county. The contract brings together excellent services for residents with innovative new approaches which will help to make our waste and recycling services even more environmentally friendly.”

Gavin Graveson, Executive Vice-President, Veolia UK and Ireland, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this major recycling and waste contract working with Buckinghamshire Council. This decision reflects our ability to manage complex public realm contracts and we look forward to working with local residents to deliver a first-class service that will contribute to a more sustainable future for everyone.”

Veolia’s new contract begins shortly after announcing a waste treatment contract for Norfolk County Council and a recycling and waste contract in Hythe and Dover District Councils, both of which are due to start in early 2021.

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