Biffa Municipal Ltd will continue to manage the district’s rubbish, recycling and street cleaning contract until 2023 after being awarded a three-year extension.
The extension will follow an initial three-year contract the company successfully bid for in 2016, which began in February this year.
Since the initial contract was awarded, Biffa has introduced kerbside collection of Small Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment [WEEE], street washing services for regenerated areas, and an extended summer service to keep the foreshores even cleaner.
Figures show the current service is performing well, especially in relation to the low number of missed bin collections.
The contract will deliver close to £400,000 savings a year, allowing the Council to dedicate more resources to promoting recycling and tackling fly-tipping.
It will also allow the Council to retain the current Project Officer post which plays a key role in helping to meet West Sussex Waste Partnership objectives around educating residents about what can and cannot be recycled.
Weekly bin collections and fortnightly kerbside recycling will continue to operate, along with the popular Green Waste Service.
Biffa’s 133 staff and their 48 vehicles have provided household recycling and waste collections and street and beach cleansing services for Arun District Council since 2003. They currently collect refuse from 72,500 homes every week.
The decision to extend the contract was made by Arun District Council’s Cabinet at a meeting last night [11 December 2017].
Councillor Paul Wotherspoon, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “Biffa is a trusted contractor which has provided the council with a consistent service for many years. Since being awarded the initial contract in November last year, Biffa has worked hard to keep refuse collections on time and our streets clean. As a result, the council has extended its contract by a further three years.
“The initial contract period also achieved significant financial annual savings for the council, which have benefitted our finances during a tough economic climate.”
Pete Dickson, Commercial Director of Biffa’s municipal division, added: “As you’d imagine, we’re delighted by Arun District Council’s decision to extend our contract. Our long-term relationship owes much to the hard work and professionalism of Biffa’s local team and a mutually-supportive partnership between council and contractor. Biffa’s focus will remain firmly fixed on providing quality, efficient and cost-effective services for Arun’s residents throughout this extended period.”