Veolia retains recycling and waste services contract in East Kent
Veolia has retained its recycling and waste services contracts with Folkestone and Hythe District Council (F&HDC) and Dover District Council (DDC), and is set to continue providing the two areas with collection services for another eight years.
The company has worked alongside the two district councils since 2011. The new contract, which will start on 16 January 2021, will introduce green initiatives to help the authorities achieve their objective of Carbon Net Zero by 2030, including a new green fleet of vehicles and electric sweepers, and redesigned collection routes to minimise travel times and the environmental impact of the service.
Over the past decade, Veolia has collected more than half a million tonnes of recycling and waste in the two districts. The key elements of the service will remain unchanged, including alternating fortnightly waste and recycling collections, weekly food waste collections and a wide range of street cleaning services.
Pascal Hauret, Municipal Managing Director at Veolia UK & Ireland, said: “We look forward to continuing our services to East Kent and extending the waste and recycling services. By introducing new green initiatives we will be able to help these local authorities achieve their objective of Carbon Net Zero by 2030.”
Councillor Stuart Peall, F&HDC Cabinet Member for Enforcement, Regulatory Services, Waste and Building Control, added: “Veolia has done an excellent job for the residents of Folkestone and Hythe since first being awarded the contract in 2011. Whilst the teams often feel valued by the community, this was especially clear earlier in the year when the Covid-19 lockdown was first implemented. They have and continue to do fantastic work across our district.
“There is currently a special focus on street cleaning during what is a very busy period for the district, with Veolia actively using technology to respond to changes in rubbish levels and manage the service appropriately as a result. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Veolia to ensure residents get the best possible service when it comes to recycling and waste services.”
Councillor Nicholas Kenton, DDC Cabinet Member for Planning and Regulatory Services, also added: “We are delighted to confirm that the waste contract has been retained by Veolia. They have provided a great service to residents, as well as household recycling and waste collections, they’ve been carrying out important works including garden waste collections, street cleaning, litter bin emptying and roadside clearance.
“We’ve also sent out a big thank you to the crews for their fantastic work in maintaining regular collections throughout these unprecedented times during the coronavirus lockdown. We look forward to continuing to work with Veolia for the future.”
Veolia will also be commencing a new contract with Norfolk County Council in March 2021, through which the company will be treating 180,000 tonnes of waste per year using the company’s new energy-from-waste plant at Rookery South in Bedfordshire.