Bristol Waste Company wins council contract

August 26 2016

Bristol City Council’s Cabinet have awarded a ten- year contract to Bristol Waste Company.

Bristol City Council’s Cabinet have awarded a ten- year contract to Bristol Waste Company.

The decision follows a one-year pilot of the new company, after the contract with the previous service provider, Kier Environmental Services, was terminated by mutual agreement in June 2015.  

BWC deals with Bristol’s waste from beginning to end, and works with communities to prevent waste and improve recycling rates.

Former Bishopston Green Councillor, Daniella Radice, who spearheaded the pilot when she was Assistant Mayor for Neighbourhoods, said: “It's good to see that Bristol Waste Company is going from strength to strength. 

"Waste management is the one council service that affects every single household in the city, so it is important to get right.”

Concern has been raised about waste and recycling services in the last year, although recent performance reports show that the new company has been slowly turning around performance since they took over. 

The percentage of municipal waste sent to landfill (instead of being sent for reuse, recycling or composting) is still above the target, but has improved in the last 12 months.

Mayor Marvin Rees said: “We have been given a real opportunity to make a difference to Bristol’s streets. 

"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.”