Winchester City Council has renegotiated a new eight-year contract with waste management company Biffa to provide a new waste strategy, this will also include the use of new lower emission vehicles plus new and improved approaches and technologies which will support Winchester City Council to work towards its sustainability goals, including the target to become carbon neutral by 2024.
In addition to the regular household waste collection there will also be a free collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) to the area.
Simon Baddeley, commercial director at Biffa, said: “It is more important than ever to ensure that we’re managing our customers’ waste as sustainably as possible to reduce the impact of waste on the environment. . We are looking forward to continuing our work in the Winchester area and to introduce these new services to support Winchester City Council. Helping our customers to recycle more and reduce carbon emissions is a key part of our long term sustainability strategy. The new electrical recycling collections and lower emissions vehicles will help Winchester manage waste in a more environmentally friendly way.”
Campbell Williams, service lead for environmental services at Winchester City Council, said: “After an open tender process, Biffa were chosen because they shared our vision for excellent customer service, value for the council taxpayer, and an improved environment.
“We have been working with Biffa during the Covid-19 pandemic and the performance of their crews has been fantastic during this period, and we are aiming to build on this relationship.
“Whilst we can see benefits immediately through the new vehicles and new services being offered to residents, there are many longer-term benefits which we want to work with Biffa to deliver, such as access for community groups across Winchester to the Biffa Award grant scheme.”