The contract was awarded by Ashford, Maidstone and Swale councils after a detailed tender process and incorporates the provision of waste collection and recycling services across the three boroughs’.
The contract will begin in March 2024 and contract aims to benefit nearly 200,000 households, as well as street cleansing in Ashford and Swale.
Blending consistency with innovation, fortnightly collections of waste and recycling will continue, with a single wheeled bin for dry recycling, alongside
SUEZ will introduce a new fleet of lower emission vehicles using electric bin lifts funded by each council, alongside improved technology for vehicle tracking, routing and managing customer service requests.
With these improvements, SUEZ intends to lower the carbon footprint of the service and provide the councils and residents with up-to-date service information.
The new contract also includes proposed improvements to the level of cleansing in rural and residential areas, and quicker response times for the removal of fly-tipping.
John Scanlon, Chief Executive Officer for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK said, ‘With our experience and expertise in service innovation, SUEZ is well positioned to partner with the councils to navigate the upcoming period of transition, as the government implements its waste reforms to create a more circular, resource efficient UK economy’
Cllr Matthew Forest, Portfolio Holder for the Environment at Ashford Borough Council, said,‘The new contract arrangements will have many benefits including: using existing contract staff, the same type of collection system, a more efficient collection schedule, clearer waste stream separation, improved textile and WEEE collections and a more environmentally friendly vehicle fleet.’
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