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UK: In the United Kingdom, the county waste management authority of Somerset – Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) – has selected SUEZ as the preferred bidder to help deliver a comprehensive new recycling service across Somerset from 2020. Worth around €243 million, this ten-year duration contract will have an option to extend for a further ten years.

Once this new contract is finalized, SUEZ will deliver the new “Recycle More” service, operating new vehicles and collecting a wide range of recycling every week, including plastic packaging.

The contract is one of the largest collection contracts in the UK, providing waste collection services to more than 250,000 households across the whole of Somerset.

Recycle More will expand the weekly collection of recyclable waste to include new materials, including plastic pots, tubs and trays; Tetra Paks and other food and drink cartons; small electrical items; and household batteries. By collecting the majority of recyclable household material each week, Recycle More will reduce the volume of left-over general rubbish in residents’ bins, which will subsequently be collected every three weeks. The new service will be introduced in phases over two years, starting in June 2020.

Mickey Green, Managing Director of SWP said, “We are delighted to have found a partner that shares our vision for creating an exemplary service to make a step change in Somerset’s recycling rates. Our partnership with SUEZ will enable Somerset to continue its history of innovation, and help residents drive up the recycling rate with an optimized sorting system.”

David Palmer-Jones, CEO of SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK said, “We are proud to have been selected by Somerset Waste Partnership to contribute to this ambitious recycling project, which illustrates our mutual commitment to a circular economy. The collection of quality materials is essential to increase recycling rates, but also to support local authorities and their residents in reducing their environmental footprint.”

With 90 000 people on the five continents, SUEZ is a world leader in smart and sustainable resource management. It provides water and waste management solutions that enable cities and industries to optimize their resource management and strengthen their environmental and economic performances, in line with regulatory standards. The SUEZ group recovers 17 million tons of waste a year, produces 3.9 million tons of secondary raw materials and 7 TWh of local renewable energy. It also secures water resources, delivering wastewater treatment services to 58 million people and reusing 882 million m3 of wastewater. SUEZ generated total revenues of €17.3 billion in 2018.

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