Services firm Serco has been awarded a contract worth in the region of £40 million to manage household waste and recycling services in the London Borough of Havering.
The seven-year deal is scheduled to start on August 1. There is an option to extend the deal for a further three years. It will see the waste management firm collect more than 73,000tonnes of household waste per year.
Under the contract, Serco – which now holds five London waste contracts – will invest in a new fleet of split-back vehicles to enable both refuse and recycling sacks to be collected at the same time in separate sections, reducing vehicle congestion and carbon emissions.
Biffa has handled residual and kerbside recycling services in Havering since 2004, while the council provides its own commercial waste collection service to an estimated 400 local business customers in the borough, in areas including Harold Wood, Hornchurch, Upminster, Rainham and Romford.
At present, collections of household waste and recycling materials are carried out separately in black and orange sacks from the kerbside weekly.
Serco will also collect green waste from households as part of the contract and is also set to work with the voluntary sector to establish a furniture re-use scheme, providing a collection service for large bulky waste items collected direct from households.
The introduction of kerbside collections for textiles and small waste electrical and electronic equipment is also under consideration.
Councillor Barry Tebbutt, cabinet member for StreetCare, the council’s environmental service, said: “We’re really looking forward to working with Serco, they’ve come up with some good ideas to help minimise waste and ensure that the already exceptional standards that we have are maintained.”
Mike Boult, managing director of Serco’s direct services business, added: “We are delighted the London Borough of Havering has selected Serco to deliver these important services to the residents of Havering.
“Our track record in delivering a broad range of environmental services across the UK means that we are uniquely placed to understand the growing needs of the local community. We look forward to working in partnership with the council to deliver the waste service and the innovations we have pledged in the bid.”