Serco, one of the UK's leading environmental services providers, has been selected by the London Borough of Havering to manage its household waste and recycling services.
The seven year contract (with an option to continue for a further three years) commences on the 1st August and is valued at around £40m. Serco already delivers a range of environmental services to over 17 local authorities across the UK from waste and recycling collections to landscaping and street cleansing. This new contract is now Serco's fifth in London and will see the company delivering environmental services to well over one million residents across the capital every week.
According to the London Borough of Havering, Serco was chosen for its approach to delivering these important services to the community and for being 'value for money'. Under the new contract, Serco will be investing 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 both vehicle movements in the borough and carbon footprint. Serco will also work with the voluntary sector to establish a furniture reuse scheme and also to provide a collection service to have large items collected direct from people's homes. The introduction of a new doorstep collections service for textiles, small electrical appliances and batteries is also being considered.
Councillor Barry Tebbutt, Cabinet Member for StreetCare, 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, said: "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."