Waste services operator Veolia has been awarded a domestic waste management contract by Central Bedfordshire Council in conjunction with Bedford Borough Council.
As part of the contract, Veolia eventually intends to treat waste at the county’s energy recovery facility at Rookery South run by energy company Covanta.
Councillor Ian Dalgarno, Central Bedfordshire’s executive member for community services, said: “The facility at Rookery South was approved by the national government in the face of strong opposition from both local people and both councils.
“But, in awarding the contract, we were also aware that Rookery South’s operator has started to allocate the waste disposal capacity to various waste producers, such as local authorities, and waste could be brought into Bedfordshire from further away.
“Using a local facility means that waste that we collect uses this capacity rather than sending it to facilities further away. Its location in Bedfordshire means both councils can directly deliver our waste to the plant, lowering emissions from transporting the waste when it becomes operational in 2021.”
Councillor Charles Royden, portfolio holder for environment at the borough council, said: “Veolia was the company selected under the strict government procurement regulations because it offered the best value. The council has no alternative since we need to have in place a way of disposing of our waste from over 75,000 households and businesses across the borough.”
He added that the contract was for black bag waste and would not compromise the council’s efforts to increase recycling.
“We carry out a fortnightly recycling collection and we would always encourage residents to reduce the waste they create, reuse what they can, and recycle as much as possible. These are simple steps we can all take to reduce our impact on the planet.”
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