New firm to take on bins and street cleaning work

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A new firm will be emptying the bins and cleaning the streets of Burnley and Padiham.

Burnley Council has completed the re-tendering for its waste and street cleansing contract with Spanish-owned waste management company Urbaser, which delivers similar contracts in major cities worldwide, will replace the council’s current contractor, Veolia, with more than 60 staff transferring under TUPE regulations.

A detailed European Procurement exercise attracted interest from many of the main waste management companies, and as a result, the council has secured significant savings.

The new contract is for an eight-year period, starting on 1st June 2015, with an option to extend for a further two years.

Urbaser managing director Javier Peiro.said: “Urbaser is delighted to be selected as Burnley Council’s partner in delivering waste collection and street cleansing services. This contract is significant to our growth in the UK, and provides us with a great opportunity to support the council in achieving its aims for delivering excellent services for the people of Burnley.”

Coun. Tony Harrison, the council’s Executive member for community services, said: “The tender from Urbaser was very attractive and scored the highest marks through the tender evaluation process. This included a competitive price, strong levels of resource within the service and high standards of service being offered in respect of waste and recycling collections and street cleansing.

“We will now be working with Urbaser over the coming months in ensuring a smooth transition from the current provider to Urbaser to ensure it is ‘business as usual’ for our residents so they continue to be provided with a high class service.

“I would also like to thank our existing waste provider, Veolia, who have delivered significant improvements in both the waste collection and street cleansing service, and we wish them all the best for the future.”