Recycling and waste collections in two districts in the south east of England will continue to be provided by Veolia.
Folkestone & Hythe District Council (F&HDC) and Dover District Council (DDC) have confirmed the award of the contract to the company, which is also set to carry on providing street cleaning across the area as part of the deal.
Veolia has been providing these services for both F&HDC and DDC since 2011. The new eight-year contract will start on 16 January 2021, and will also see the introduction of a number of initiatives to help the district councils achieve their objectives of being 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, the company has collected more than half a million tonnes of recycling and waste in the districts.
The key elements of the service will remain unchanged, including alternating fortnightly waste and recycling collections, weekly food waste collections and a whole range of street cleaning services.