A new waste, recycling, street and beach cleaning contract will start in Wealden from the end of June this year.
Biffa has been appointed to provide waste and recycling collection services to all households in these areas and to provide street cleaning in the Rother and Wealden areas.
The appointment of Biffa follows a robust procurement project conducted by Hastings, Rother and Wealden councils over the last year following a mutually agreed early exit from the current contract with Kier Environmental Services.
Councillor Tony Ganly, Chair of the Joint Waste and Recycling Committee, said:
“Collecting household waste and recycling and keeping our streets clean are essential public services and all the councils are delighted that Biffa will be our contracting partner.
“As a specialist waste management company with a long history, Biffa’s company knowledge and experience provides us with confidence they will deliver our residents with an excellent quality of service.”
Simon Baddeley, Biffa Municipal’s Development Director, said:
“We’re delighted to have been awarded the contract for waste collection, recycling and streets cleansing by the Joint Waste Partnership. We’ll be ensuring our brand new fleet will support a seamless handover from the current waste collection provider while continuing to deliver cost-effective services.
“We are also excited to be able to use our technology to provide not only a better service for members of the public, but also a safer one for drivers and residents. With the addition of 360-degree cameras to all of our frontline vehicles we will not only keep them safer, but also inspect streets more efficiently while operating the new street cleansing service.”
Under the current contract with Kier Environmental Services, which started in 2013, the nature of the waste and recycling environment has changed enormously.
The councils will work in partnership with the new contractor, Biffa to meet the service requirements expected by residents, employing a flexible approach to meet the challenges of the changing waste environment and legislation.
Waste and recycling collections and street and beach cleaning services are an essential public service provision. Whilst local authorities are still facing significant financial challenges, the appointment of Biffa on a seven year contract is welcomed by the councils.
Wealden Councillor Roy Galley, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development & Waste Management said:
“We welcome the news that Biffa has been awarded the new Joint Waste and Recycling contract. We cannot ignore the fact that in recent years, waste collection in Wealden has at times not been delivered to the high standard we expect, nor which our residents deserve. Before the contract starts in June, we will be doing all we can to ensure that Biffa are fully equipped to deliver a seamless service following handover from Kier. We have every confidence that Biffa will provide our residents with a professional and timely service throughout the entirety of the new contract, and we look forward to working with them alongside the other members of the Partnership.”
Frontline staff working on the current contract will be protected under TUPE regulations which will see them transferred to the new contract.
The government has recently (December 2018) published the UK Resources and Waste Strategy and will probably implement some new waste management principles through new legislation in due course. The new collection system will give more flexibility by allowing the mix of recycling material to be adjusted without needing new containers and vehicles.