SUEZ extends contract with Warwick District Council

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK’s (SUEZ) household waste, recycling collection and processing contract with Warwick District Council has been extended.

The partnership has been running since 2008 and provides for over 65,000 households. SUEZ will also help with the transition towards a joint waste collection contract with Stratford-upon-Avon District Council, due to start in summer 2022.

Warwick waste collection
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SUEZ currently operates a two-stream collection from households, collecting an average of 10,000 tonnes of recyclable materials, 17,000 tonnes of organic material and 21,000 tonnes of residual waste each year. It then sorts the recyclable material at its Blick Road Transfer Station in Warwick.

The company makes an effort to send residual waste to an Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facility to generate electricity, rather than landfill.

Since 2008, Warwick District Council have gone from a recycling rate of 30.8 per cent to 55 per cent last year.

Nick Browning, SUEZ’s Regional Manager, said: “We have worked closely with Warwick District Council for over twelve years and we are delighted to be continuing our strong partnership. I would like to thank our 90-strong workforce who work tirelessly to make a greener Warwick.” 

Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services Councillor Moira-Ann Grainger said: “Alongside SUEZ, Warwick District Council works hard to put waste to good use and to continually improve how much we recycle.

“We look forward to working with SUEZ and local residents to achieve our ambition of being carbon neutral by 2025.”  

SUEZ currently holds contracts with a number of local councils in different areas of the UK including Aberdeenshire and the Highlands and Somerset.

Whether councils should organise their waste in-house has been heavily debated, with the Environmental Services Association (ESA) promoting outsourcing by councils as it believes it saves money and drives innovation in the industry.

Meanwhile in 2019, Labour put forward a policy to push councils towards in-house waste services instead of  the “racket” of handing over local public services to private companies.


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