New East Devon waste contract awarded

PUBLISHED: 06:59 29 February 2016

Cllr Iain Chubb

Cllr Iain Chubb


Service will include cardboard collections from next year

East Devon’s new waste collection contract – offering an extended recycling service – has been awarded to current operators SUEZ.

From next year, all 68,000 households in the district will be able to recycle more of their waste – including cardboard, mixed plastics and Tetrapaks.

All these items will be collected from the kerbside every week but as a result households’ grey wheelie bins will be emptied only every three weeks instead of fortnightly as at present.

The district council says the new contract, which will run for seven years, with the option to extend up to three further years, totals just over £30m and underlines the authority’s ambition to help its residents recycle as much as possible.

Following a rigorous selection process, where the detailed bids of each proposed service being offered was carefully evaluated and scrutinised, the council’s current operators SUEZ - formerly SITA UK - were successful.

Councillor Iain Chubb, the council’s environment spokesman, said: “The contract heralds a completely new service which only a handful of other councils across the country have recently introduced. It really does put EDDC at the cutting edge of environmental sustainability at a time when it’s more important than ever to protect our outstanding countryside.

“The new service will mean residents can recycle more – something they have been asking us to help them with for some time now.”

A fleet of specially adapted new lorries which can separate and store dry recycling from the kerbside will now be ordered in advance of the new recycling scheme which will be rolled out over a phased period in early 2017 - possibly before then if the vehicles are available.

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