Biffa wins collections contract for Cornwall

You’re used to seeing their lorries, as Biffa has been clearing Cornwall’s waste for the last 3 years. Now Biffa, the national recycling and waste management provider, has secured the waste collection contract for Cornwall Council for the next eight years with an option to extend to ten years. The Council’s Cabinet agreed to offer the contract on 9th January 2020. Biffa will be responsible for recycling and street refuse collections, plus public open space clearing.

Next years initiatives will include wheeled bins and food waste collection. There will be a weekly separate collection of food waste, with fortnightly recycling and rubbish collections.

Roger Edwards, Managing Director of Municipal said: “We are delighted to have been nominated as the preferred bidder for the new Cornwall contract. We are looking forward to introducing new services to significantly improve recycling rates. The local Biffa team pride themselves on the excellent service provided to date and we look forward to continuing our productive working relationship with Cornwall Council.’”

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, Rob Nolan, said: “This contract sees Cornwall poised to transform its recycling, something residents told us in our 2017 survey was a priority. We are very pleased to be continuing to work with Biffa. Following very positive collaborative dialogue and a ‘can do’ approach by everyone – especially Biffa – we now have a way of hitting impressive recycling targets.

“If like most of the top-performing parts of the UK, we begin putting our food waste out for collection every week from Summer 2021, we can in one leap transform our recycling rates from the currently disappointing 38% per cent to over 50 per cent.”

The new contract will commence will on 3 October 2020. Other places have been collecting food waste for some time, including neighbouring Torridge Council, so it is great that Cornwall is heading in the right direction. From summer 2021, as part of a special campaign, every household will hear from the Council about their own role in this recycling revolution.

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