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09 October 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal 


Norwich-based Norse Group is adding waste collection arrangements in Medway and East Hampshire to its portfolio of services.


This means that the group now provides domestic refuse services for almost a million people in the South East.


The company already carries out waste collection in Havant and has now added services such as waste collection, grounds maintenance, street cleansing and public toilet cleaning in the neighbouring East Hampshire District Council area. This has seen about 80 staff join Norse’s existing Norse South East operation.


Another 270 staff have transferred into Norse’s Medway operation to deliver refuse collection, recycling and street cleaning, in addition to the current arrangements Norse has with Medway Council for property and grounds maintenance, transport and household waste recycling centres.


The new agreements mean that Norse is now providing waste collection services for more than 983,000 residents in seven English council areas, including East Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Wellingborough.


Norse has acquired a fleet of about 80 new refuse, grounds and street cleaning vehicles to service the two new contracts.


Norse took over responsibility for refuse collection in Daventry in June 2018 in a 10-year agreement worth £50 million, which has already resulted in a big increase in recycling rates.


Norse, which is 100 per cent-owned by Norfolk County Council, provides a range of services in England and Wales, including facilities management, property services and residential care homes. 


But recently Norwich City Council has confirmed that it would be transferring a number of services back under direct council control, following discussions with Norse.