Kier awarded £120 million waste contract

KIER Service Environmental has been awarded the 10-year contract for waste and recycling collections, it has been officially confirmed.

The project has seen Hastings Borough Council join forces with three other councils in East Sussex - Eastbourne, Rother and Wealden - in an effort to save millions of pounds.

The contract, which will cover nearly 200,000 properties over a 550sq mile area, is expected to save the partnership an estimated £30 million over the next decade.

As well as bin and recycling pick-ups, it also covers street cleansing and beach cleaning.

Awarded after a process of competitive tendering, the contract worth around £12 million per year, will have an optional 10-year extension.

There will be a phased start to the four councils’ services, with Eastbourne and Wealden beginning on April 1, 2013, followed by Hastings in July 2013 and Rother in April 2014.

Kier was rumoured to have been the successful winner but both the company and the four councils would not confirm this until this week.

“We are delighted to have been selected by the partnership in what was a very competitive bidding process,” said Nicola Peake, Kier Environmental managing director.

“Our first priority will be to immediately mobilise our expertise to ensure we can start providing the very best service from day one.”

The contract will be formally signed in December.