Veolia wins £140 million Solihull contract

Solihull council has awarded Veolia a 10-year environmental services contract worth £14 million per annum.

Currently held by Amey, the contract includes household waste, recycling and garden waste collections, as well as street cleansing and the operation of the the Bickenhill Household Waste Recycling Centre.

The contract includes the collection of kerbside waste and recycling (picture: Solihull council)

As part of the contract, Veolia and its partner Idverde will now collect garden waste all year round and will introduce a kerbside collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment.

The new contract will start from 1 April 2022.

‘Compelling’

Councillor Ken Hawkins, cabinet member for environment and infrastructure, said the offer from Veolia and its partner Idverde provided a “compelling value for money bid”.

This new contract will bring improvements to services

  • Councillor Ken Hawkins, Solihull council

He added: “I am confident Veolia will continue the council’s track record of providing high quality and cost effective environmental services to residents and businesses alike.

“I can assure residents that this new contract will bring improvements to the services they receive, making them even better over the next decade working with our new contractor Veolia and Idverde.”

Cllr Hawkins added that during the procurement, the council “made it clear to all bidders that it was the quality of the services that they could offer that was the most important factor in choosing a new partner.”

‘Important contract’

Gavin Graveson, Veolia’s executive vice-president, UK & Ireland, said the contract was an “important” deal for the company.

Gavin Graveson, Veolia’s executive vice-president, UK & Ireland

“We are delighted to have won this important contract with our partner, Idverde, and look forward to working with Solihull Council to deliver the best services possible.

“We both have extensive experience of delivering high quality services around the UK and will work with the council to ensure Solihull residents experience a seamless transition next year. As we build our relationships I am confident we can bring new and innovative services to the borough.”

Solihull council serves around 114,000 residents and recorded a household recycling rate of  36.7% in 2019/20.

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