Four Surrey councils agree new joint waste contract with Amey

05 December 2016

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Residents in Elmbridge, Mole Valley, Surrey Heath and Woking are to receive an improved rubbish and recycling collection service thanks to a new joint waste collection contract.

As well as a better service, the contract with Amey will save these Council Tax payers more than 2 million a year. It is the first contract of its kind in Surrey, and was part-funded by the Surrey Waste Partnership and supported by Surrey County Council as the waste disposal authority.

The contract covers all aspects of waste collection including household rubbish, recycling, garden waste, recycling banks, clinical waste, replacement bins and the opportunity to introduce a commercial waste service. The contract will last for 10 years, with the option to extend.

Residents will continue to receive the same fortnightly recycling and rubbish collections as they do currently with weekly food waste collections. The popular garden waste collection service will also be retained.

Improvements, which will be introduced when the new contract begins in each area, include:

  • a weekly collection of clothes, home textiles and small electricals
  • an improved bulky waste service, including a collection from inside homes
  • new collection vehicles with enhanced safety features like 360 degree cameras
  • new technology which will give residents the latest information on their collection.

Additionally, food waste will still be collected on the same day each week as rubbish or recycling, but it may be at a different time as it will be collected by a separate vehicle. If other changes are necessary, such as altering collection days, they will be communicated well in advance to avoid any confusion or inconvenience.

The contract will have a staggered start depending on when each council's current contract ends. The earliest is Elmbridge in June 2017, followed by Woking in September 2017, Surrey Heath in February 2018 and Mole Valley in August 2018 for waste and recycling and April 2019 for street cleaning. Other Surrey councils have the opportunity to join as the contract progresses.

Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Waste and Recycling, said: “This is a great result for the residents of Woking and the three other Surrey councils in the contract. By working together, we’re able to deliver an improved rubbish and recycling collection service, while freeing up substantial sums of money to spend on the services which people value the most.”

Andy Milner, Chief Executive of Amey, said: “We are delighted to be named as preferred bidder for the Surrey Waste Partnership. This announcement sees us build on our reputation as a trusted and innovative provider of high-quality local waste collection services. We are committed to working closely with these councils to meet their sustainability and environmental objectives, while providing a first-rate service for local residents.”