Warwick and Stratford award joint contract to Biffa  

Warwick and Stratford-on-Avon district councils have awarded a joint refuse and recycling services contract to Biffa, worth £7.5 million per year,

Biffa will provide services across South Warwickshire

A tender document published this week stated that the contract will begin in August 2022 and introduces a joint ‘South Warwickshire service’. It will run for an initial period of 8 years and can be extended by up to eight more.

Over the entire course of the contract, the deal could be worth up to £120 million.

Previously, the two councils had different contractors; Suez provided Warwick’s collection service prior to the new contract, while Biffa served Stratford-upon-Avon.

Currently, both councils operate a fortnightly residual waste collection and a fortnightly twin steam recycling collection.

Under the contract, however, Biffa will introduce a three-weekly residual waste collection, separate weekly food waste collections, and a fortnightly co-mingled dry recycling collection.

Joint waste service

The councils first proposed moving to a joint waste service in October 2020.

They first considered the joint service idea in October 2020

As both previous contracts were set to finish at roughly the same time, the councils stated that this presented an opportunity to merge the service, creating a joint system for the whole of South Warwickshire.

Suez provided waste collection services for Warwick district council since 2008 and was worth around £2.1 million a year.

Biffa meanwhile, has worked for Stratford-on-Avon district council since August 2015, with the current contract set to expire in July 2022. The contract is worth around £3.6 million a year.

‘Significant benefits’

Warwick district council’s portfolio holder for environment and neighbourhood services councillor Alan Rhead commented: “We’re very pleased to have awarded this contract to Biffa who have a strong track record in waste management throughout the UK and have demonstrated their commitment to improving recycling rates and providing households across both districts with an easy, efficient and reliable service.”

“As part of this new contract, we are also working with our neighbouring councils to utilise the new state of the art material recovery facility currently under construction, which will make a real difference to the recycling capabilities of our region”.

Stratford-on-Avon council’s portfolio holder for climate change councillor Ian Shenton added: “The new contract with Biffa also brings significant environmental benefits to our area, with the use of more energy efficient vehicles and smarter routing as well as changes to food waste collection processes which will reduce the volume of harmful greenhouse gases entering our waste streams.”

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