Veolia retains recycling and waste services contract in Kent, UK

Veolia has retained its recycling and waste services contract with Folkestone & Hythe and Dover District Councils in the UK.

The firm has been providing these services to both councils since 2011 and the new eight-year contract will start on 16 January 2021.

The renewed agreement will also see the introduction of several initiatives to help achieve their objectives of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. Plans include introducing 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 10 years, Veolia has collected more than half a million tonnes of recycling and waste in the districts. Key elements of the service will remain unchanged, including alternating fortnightly waste and recycling collections; weekly food waste collections; street cleaning services.

Veolia processes commercial food waste collections via anaerobic digestion to create green energy. In Leeming Bar in North Yorkshire, the firm operates one of the UK’s largest gas-to-grid plants, converting 80,000 tonnes of food waste into electricity.

“Veolia has done an excellent job for the residents of Folkestone & Hythe since first being awarded the contract in 2011,” said Councillor Stuart Peall – F&HDC Cabinet Member for Enforcement, Regulatory Services, Waste & Building Control.

“While the teams often feel valued by the community, this was especially clear earlier in the year when the COVID-19 lockdown was first implemented. They have and continue to do fantastic work across our district.”

Pascal Hauret, managing director (municipal) for Veolia UK & Ireland, said: “We look forward to continuing our services to east Kent and extending the waste and recycling services. By introducing new green initiatives, we will be able to help these local authorities achieve their objective of being carbon net-zero by 2030.”

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