Buckinghamshire Council has awarded Veolia a 10-year contract to supply household waste collections and street cleaning services in the Chiltern, Wycombe and South Bucks areas.
The contract, announced today (7 September) is being introduced on a phased basis with the first stage starting this month in the Chiltern and Wycombe areas and the second in November 2021 in the South Bucks area.
The deal is expected to bring significant benefits with new operational, technological and community-based initiatives – including access to funding for local projects – to help make services cleaner, greener and more efficient.
In December, Veolia will introduce its 'village' approach to street cleaning, with teams directly responsible for improving the service in their area to create local community spaces.
Next spring a fleet of new collection vehicles will be introduced to reduce emissions, using electric bin lifts and containing state-of-the-art in-cab technology that connects with the council’s systems to allow residents to report problems and receive updates in real time. Residents will continue to use the same bins and will still be able to recycle the same comprehensive range of materials.
Councillor Bill Chapple, council cabinet member for environment and climate change, said: “The contract brings together excellent services for residents with innovative new approaches which will help to make our waste and recycling services even more environmentally friendly.
Gavin Graveson, executive vice-president of Veolia UK and Ireland, said: “This decision reflects our ability to manage complex public realm contracts and we look forward to working with local residents to deliver a first-class service that will contribute to a more sustainable future for everyone.”