Veolia wins South London waste partnership contract

Resource management firm Veolia, through its subsidiary Veolia ES UK, has signed a major new recycling and waste services contract spanning four South London boroughs. The new eight year contract worth over £209 million, with two possible eight year extensions, has seen 330 staff join Veolia from 1 April, when the new contract began.

Starting from 3 April 2017 Veolia will be responsible for delivering a new-look collection service to households in Sutton, as well as an ‘as-is’ (no change) collection service in Merton. The new service will be introduced in Merton and Croydon in October 2018 and Kingston in April 2019. Veolia will manage recycling and waste collections, street cleansing, commercial waste, recyclate material sales, winter maintenance and vehicle management for one million residents over the four London boroughs.

Estelle Brachlianoff, Senior Executive Vice President, Veolia UK and Ireland said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract with the South London Waste Partnership and to continue working with existing clients in Kingston and Croydon as well as beginning new relationships with Merton and Sutton.

“Through the Partnership, we have the opportunity to harmonise services across the four London boroughs to deliver significant cost savings and high quality, reliable services that will boost sustainability and preserve resources. As winners of Business in the Community’s Responsible Business of the Year we look forward to the opportunity to put Veolia at the heart of these communities in South London and to support a more sustainable future for everyone.”

The move will see services move from in-house at Merton and Sutton to all being operated by Veolia similar to those already operated in Croydon and Kingston and will help each council achieve cost savings from measures including fortnightly refuse collections, which will help to boost recycling. Residents will be able to recycle a number of materials such as paper, glass, plastic and food waste.

These services will operate alongside the South London Waste Partnership (SLWP) Household Waste and Recycling Centres contract which was awarded to Veolia in July 2015 to manage reuse and recycling of household waste across six sites.

Veolia has been operating in London since 1995 and currently serves around 40% of the population predominantly with recycling and waste services. In 2016, we collected around 3 million tonnes of waste from 14 municipal contracts (including Watford) and several commercial contracts operating from four depots. Of this, nearly 1 million tonnes was recycled, composted or turned into energy via an anaerobic digestion process. We operate four waste treatment facilities in London and several Household Waste and Recycling Centres across a total of 31 sites across the region.

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