refuse & recycling deal
as Council get ready to appoint a new contractor
are set to appoint a new refuse contractor to run the hugely successful orange
sack recycling scheme.
report to the environmental and public services committee on April 28 will recommended
that Biffa Waste Services be awarded the new eight year contract for collecting
£37m contract will provide doorstep collections to 85,000 households, emptying
of bulk bins on housing estates and apartment blocks as well as collections from
up to 1600 recycling banks.
amount of waste collected for recycling in Wandsworth has doubled since the orange
sack scheme was launched in April 2003.
new contract will require all waste to be placed at the front of the property
whether in bins or bags - or orange sacks if containing recyclable material.
'front of house' arrangement already works well for the orange sack scheme. Its
extension to other household waste is expected to bring a substantial reduction
in the number of missed collections.
company, which is a subsidiary of Severn Water plc, has also invested in state
of the art web technology which enables it to track the progress of vehicles throughout
the day. The
system can pinpoint a vehicle's location at any time and records when individual
streets have been cleared.
member for environment and public services Guy Senior said:
new contract is geared towards providing a seamless refuse collection service.
will enable the contractor to anticipate problems and act quickly on complaints.
will be expected to meet customer expectations for a prompt and reliable doorstep
collection and work with the council to achieve even higher recycling levels."
doorstep recycling collection enables householders to place paper, cardboard,
tin, glass, and plastic bottles in a single orange sack. The
council is currently increasing the number of recycling banks on housing estates
- up from just over 400 to 1,600. Just like the orange sacks estate residents
will be able to place all their recycleables in the same bank.
approved by councillors the new contract will begin in September 2004.
26th March 2004