Waste Management

15.08.16

Bristol opts for integrated waste service

Bristol City Council has appointed Bristol Waste Company (BWC) to provide the city with an integrated waste service over the next 10 years.

BWC, a limited company, wholly owned by Bristol Holding Company Limited, which is a company wholly owned by the local authority, will be responsible for the entire waste process including collection and disposal.

Previously, waste collection and waste disposal were procured separately.

Under the terms of the agreement, BWC will be responsible for waste collection, street cleansing and winter maintenance; communication, education and customer engagement; the council’s household waste and recycling centres; and waste treatment and disposal.

Marvin Rees, mayor of Bristol, said: “One of my key promises to the city has been to launch a Clean Streets Campaign. We need a city wide strategy to tackling problems with littering and fly tipping, and to increase recycling rates. We must work closely with community organisations and schools to promote behaviour change.

“We have been given a real opportunity to make a difference to Bristol’s streets, and after considering all the facts, we believe that Bristol Waste Company offer us the best chance to achieve our ambitious goals for the city.

“There is a lot of work to be done, but we hope that a ten year contract will allow us the stability to make serious progress towards tidying up our streets.”

BWC has also committed to provide revenue funding to manage, once built, a third household waste, reuse and recycling centre in Hartcliffe.

Last year, Bristol Energy – a municipal company owned wholly by the council – was officially given the go ahead.

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