Serco selected for London Borough of Wandsworth environmental services contract
Date: 29 Jul 2011
Residents are set to receive improved refuse and recycling services after London Borough of Wandsworth appoints Serco
Following a comprehensive competitive tender process, Serco's proposal to deliver refuse and recycling services has been judged the best value for money approach to meet the needs and aspirations of Wandsworth and its residents. Under the contract, Serco will work with the local community to increase recycling rates, and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. This will help the council to meet Government recycling targets and reduce costs such as landfill taxes.
In addition to providing a more efficient service with cost savings already identified, Serco will be engaging with the 'Wandsworth Challenge', a council led initiative which is changing the way the council provides services and works with local people, giving more power to community groups and residents.
Serco's Managing Director for Environmental Services, Mike Boult said "We are delighted to have been selected by Wandsworth Borough Council to provide quality services, which offer best value for money to residents across the Borough. We look forward to working in partnership with local people to ensure those services meet the needs of the communities we serve."
Wandsworth Council's environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: "We are committed to providing a high quality refuse and recycling service to our residents and offering the best possible value for money for local taxpayers. This new contract will deliver on both fronts.
"This contract guarantees weekly collections for our residents and delivers significant environmental benefits from a new fleet of dual-use vehicles, which means fewer big vehicles on the borough's roads, less congestion and better air quality levels as a result."
The contract, with an annual value of £5.5m, commences on 1st April 2012 and will see approximately 90 staff transferring to Serco under TUPE agreement. It runs for an initial term of eight years, with an option to extend for a further eight years, and includes the collection of refuse and recycling from 127,000 households, of which a third are multi-occupancy properties such as flats.
For further information, please contact:
Adam Fergie, Communications Director - Serco Direct Services
Tel: 07718 186 484
Fax: 01256 744113
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