A NEW waste and recycling contract that will save four East Sussex councils an estimated £30 million over the next decade was signed on Wednesday.
Representatives of Eastbourne Borough, Hastings Borough, Rother District and Wealden District councils, officially confirmed the agreement with Kier Environmental Services at the Towner Gallery, in Eastbourne.
East Sussex County Council also worked as part of the partnership to bring the contract about.
The contract will serve almost 200,000 residents across 550 square miles.
Residents in Eastbourne and Wealden will be the first to benefit following the introduction of the new service from April next year, with Hastings following in July.
Rother will follow from April 2014.
Cllr Jeremy Birch, leader of Hastings Borough Council, said: “This really is a win-win situation for the local taxpayer, a better service, giving us improved recycling rates, at a much lower cost.”
Kier’s environmental business won the contract, expected to be around £12 million a year, through a competitive tendering process.
The contract has an optional 10-year extension.