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18-Aug-2011 08:37 AM
Waste contract extension brings savings and enhanced services - New food waste collection from next year
New contract arrangements for the Royal Borough's waste collection services are expected to save council taxpayers at least £3m over the next seven years and introduce even better services - including a new weekly 'caddy' collection for food waste.
The council is to extend its current waste and allied services contract with Veolia Environmental Services after successful negotiations aimed at securing the best possible deal for local residents - with an anticipated £1.3million of savings in 2012/13 alone.
The extension not only secures significant savings - including a share of any profits from the future sale of recycling materials - but also embraces a list of 'extras' including the new organic waste collection. This will provide more than 61,000 homes with specially designed caddies for food waste, such as left-over meat and fish (including bones).
The caddies will be rolled out across the borough from February 2012, giving residents the chance to keep their food waste separate from the rubbish headed for landfill and help cut the ever increasing burden of landfill tax - nearly £400,000 over three years from 2012/13. The collected food waste will be taken away to be processed into compost, underlying the borough's commitment to the environment and sustainability.
The proposal to go ahead with the organics collection roll-out is on the agenda for the cabinet meeting on Thursday 25 August and, if agreed, it will herald yet another addition to the borough's waste offer to residents - on top of the pioneering recycling rewards scheme which has assisted the increase in recycling rates from 35% to 44% in a year. Indeed, the organics collection could feature rewards for residents under a new incentivisation framework also being considered by cabinet on Thursday.
Also on the cards as part of the extended contract are:
• an enhanced kerbside collection service that includes all plastics
• a new 21-vehicle collection fleet to cater for the borough's specific needs and
• the upgrade/refurbishment of local 'bring' sites across the borough.
The contract extension - worth around £35 million for up to seven years from 1 April 2012 - has been independently assessed by professional experts who concluded it 'provides the Council with a significantly improved financial deal'.
Cllr Phill Bicknell, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Environment, paid tribute to the Council's waste team for their clear-sighted determination to secure a quality, cost effective service for local taxpayers.
He said: "Over the past seven years of co-operative working with Veolia we have developed a tailored, responsive waste collection service that residents appreciate but we knew there was more to be achieved in terms of value for money and making every penny work.
"This deal is an excellent result for council taxpayers. It means we continue with a contractor who knows the area and its needs but who, in working closely with us, recognises that smarter working can cut costs and also bring about an even better service for local people."
Cllr Bicknell added: "Our annual residents' survey tells us that the Council's waste services are consistently valued by local people and we believe that the contract extension with Veolia will bring even better services at a much reduced cost. An all round winner for everyone!"
Tom Spaul, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Veolia Environmental Services, added: "We are delighted to have been awarded this landmark high profile contract which reflects our strong working relationship with the Royal Borough. In recent years this contract has become synonymous with innovation in recycling and waste management and we look forward to introducing further sustainable service improvements for local residents on behalf of the council and continuing to increase landfill diversion."
*In the Royal Borough's 2009 residents' survey local people were asked about their satisfaction with council services. Refuse collection topped the ranking with a 90% satisfaction rating, doorstep recycling was second on 84% and local tips/household waste recycling centres fourth on 74%.
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• minimal waste sent to landfill - saving more than £400,000 a year in landfill tax
• waste that can't be recycled or reused will go to the proposed Rookery South Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) in Bedfordshire to generate energy which will be sold to the National Grid.
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17-Mar-2012 09:41 AM
Local residents will benefit from better offers and rewards for their recycling efforts, thanks to the council's new contract with Recyclebank.
The incentive scheme, which gives households redeemable points for the amount they recycle, led the way in the United Kingdom when it was first rolled out by the Royal Borough in 2009. In its first full year of operation it saw recycling increase from 35% to 45% with millions of points being earned and spent by residents.
Now Recyclebank has been signed up for another four years (with extension options up to seven years) following a robust tendering process that not only met full EU regulations but puts in place a framework that will help other councils if they want to follow the borough's lead.
Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said the outcome of the tendering process would mean no disruption to residents as the council would be maintaining the excellent relationship it had built up with a high quality organisation. The new contract would also bring a much better rewards deal.
He said: "Our negotiations with Recyclebank have resulted in a fresh look at the rewards offered to residents for their recycling, with more shops and businesses joining in and a much greater choice of benefits.
"We believe residents should have a tangible thank you for making the effort to recycle as much as possible every week and the new contract brings 17 new reward partners and nine refreshed offers from existing partners - so good news for everyone at a time when every one of us has to tighten our belts as we weather the tough global economic conditions."
Cllr Bicknell added: "The scheme is self-funded from savings by diverting waste from landfill - so the more residents who take part the more we save as a community."
News about the new-look rewards menu will be revealed by Recyclebank shortly and it will retain the Green Schools Programme in which residents can donate their points for environmental projects in participating schools. Schools in the borough benefitted from donations worth £4,000 in 2011 alone. There will also be a new flexibility that allows the council to use reward points for a wider range of incentive schemes.
Since the rewards scheme was rolled out to all of the borough's 61,500 households in November 2010 there have been a wide range of successes including:
• around 82% of residents are recycling more
• more than 60% of households have activated their Recyclebank accounts.
Cllr Christine Bateson, cabinet member for planning and partnerships, said: "The rewards scheme demonstrates how public and private sectors can work well together to deliver benefits for residents. The Royal Borough is in the vanguard once again and residents in other local authorities have told me how disappointed they are that their councils are not offering similar incentives."
Andy Watt, UK managing director of Recyclebank, said: "Our partnership with the Royal Borough is an important and valued one. We're delighted to have won the competitive tender process and will be bringing many extra benefits to our members as well as continuing the Green Schools Programme.
"We will continue to enhance the programme by introducing new ways for members to earn and focus on renewing and refreshing our rewards programme to ensure the highest levels of member satisfaction as part of our commitment to the programme in the Royal Borough."
The rewards scheme procurement process was carried out under EU regulations that now set a framework which can be used by other councils, allowing them to access a tested list of suppliers for their own tendering purposes.
The Royal Borough operates a weekly waste collection service.
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