Laura Sharman 11 January 2017

Sheffield Council considers terminating waste management contract 20 years early

Sheffield Council considers terminating waste management contract 20 years early image

Sheffield City Council is considering ending its waste management contract with Veolia 20 years early as the deal is ‘no longer meeting its needs’.

The contract was agreed back in 2001 and is due to expire in 2036. However, the council will meet next week to discuss ending the agreement and introduce new ways of providing waste services in the city.

The council’s cabinet member for the environment, Bryan Lodge, said: ‘Our contract with Veolia, which was signed 16 years ago, is no longer meeting our needs and is no longer compatible with the tough financial landscape in which the Government is forcing us to operate.

‘In last year’s budget we set out crucial savings targets and unfortunately we have been unable to achieve these savings from the existing contract. We need to find a best-value solution that ensures a quality waste service for Sheffield taxpayers.’

The council stressed it was not intending to implement three-weekly collections of waste but would instead consider changing collection times, charging for new and replacement black and green bins, introducing shared black and/or recycling bins at flats, and replacing the blue box with an additional recycling bin.

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