BCC’s New Waste Collection Contract

On 1st November 2011 May Gurney Ltd took over the contract to collect all refuse and recycling from Bristol’s 190,000 households. The contract also includes street cleansing and winter gritting operations. The new contract is for an initial 7 year period and is designed to help the council reach its three year goal of sending zero untreated waste to landfill and boost its recycling rate in addition to saving Bristol City Council £2.5 million a year in costs. In order to achieve the targets set, the service will see some changes.

  • Plastics will be collected at the kerbside for all residents, not just those included in the current trial
  • Waxed cartons (Tetrapaks) will also be collected at the kerbside for all residents
  • Cardboard and food waste will be collected by the Recycling Recovery Vehicle (RRV) and therefore not mixed with garden waste. This will enable the cardboard to be recycled
  • Residents will be receiving a new 55ltr box for recycling to use alongside the existing box. This new box should be filled with plastics, cans, cardboard and Tetrapaks
  • Street cleansing will now be specifically scheduled to be visited the day after kerbside collections

This table compares the new May Gurney contract with the previous SITA contract: Waste Collection Contract

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