Veolia Appointed to Collect Residents Back Bin Waste

  • Contracts for residents’ black bin residual waste collections are coming to an end.  Central Bedfordshire Council has decided to join-up with Bedford Borough Council and awarded the work to Veolia.

Veolia represented the best option in terms of quality and price, as part of the contract, they are, over time, intending to treat waste at the energy recovery facility at Rookery South.

Cllr Ian Dalgarno, Central Bedfordshire’s Executive Member for Community Services, said, “The facility at Rookery South was approved by the national government in the face of strong opposition from both local people and both councils.

“But in awarding the contract we were also aware that Rookery South’s operator, has started to allocate the waste disposal capacity to various waste producers, such as local authorities, and waste could be brought into Bedfordshire from further away.

“Using a local facility means that waste that we collect uses this capacity rather than sending it to facilities further away. Its location in Bedfordshire means both councils can directly deliver our waste to the plant, lowering emissions from transporting the waste when it becomes operational in 2021.

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment at Bedford Borough Council said: “As a council, we were strongly against this facility being built at Rookery South. Indeed, Bedford Borough Council provided financial support to try and stop the facility being built. 

“Veolia was the company selected under the strict government procurement regulations because they offered the best value. The council has no alternative since we need to have in place a way of disposing of our waste from over 75,000 households and businesses across the borough.

“This is for black bag waste and will not compromise the council’s efforts in increasing recycling going into the future. We carry out a fortnightly recycling collection and we would always encourage residents to reduce the waste they create, reuse what they can, and recycle as much as possible. These are simple steps we can all take to reduce our impact on the planet.”

The Veolia contract is for the energy recovery of black bin residual waste. Residual waste, garden waste, food waste and recycling is collected by FCC Environment throughout Central Bedfordshire.  FCC will transport residual waste to the energy recovery plant direct from residents’ homes.