Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council have awarded an eight-year contract for a new recycling and waste collection and street cleansing service to Urbaser Ltd, a resource and waste management company.
The new contract, which will begin on 30 March 2019 in Tunbridge Wells and on 1 March 2019 in Tonbridge and Malling, will see Urbaser Ltd providing a greatly improved recycling service to 101,000 homes as well as enhanced street cleansing services across both boroughs.
Urbaser Ltd has been delivering environmental services across the world since 1993. Its parent company is the third largest environmental services provider in Europe, and also operates in Asia, North Africa and South America. In the UK, Urbaser Ltd has won 11 local municipal waste services contracts since 2010. Other local authority clients include Gosport Borough Council, Waltham Forest Council, Burnley Borough Council, Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and East & North Hertfordshire District Councils.
Cllr Ronen Basu, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainability, says:
“Before appointing Urbaser we carried out a rigorous procurement exercise over a number of months. The criteria we used in selecting Urbaser ensures residents are given a high quality service that offers value for money and introduces new elements to the service that we know households will benefit from.”
Cllr David Lettington, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Environment Services, says: “We are very pleased with the outcome of our procurement process and delighted to be working with Urbaser Ltd, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and KCC to provide a high quality street cleansing service and kerbside recycling and waste collection for our residents. Urbaser Ltd has a wealth of experience in the waste management business and we look forward to the benefits this will bring when we launch our new and improved service next year.”
Javier Peiro, Managing Director, Urbaser Ltd says: “We are incredibly proud to be selected as a long-term partner for both Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells Borough Councils, and we are looking forward to delivering these important services to residents and service users across both boroughs. Urbaser is committed to providing its clients with value for money and excellent service levels.”
Although the contract will begin in March 2019, initially services for both councils will continue as normal while the logistics of the roll out of the new collection service are finalised. Residents will be kept fully informed and further announcements regarding the start of the new service will be made in the coming months