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Manchester City Council Unites With Biffa

9th April 2015

Manchester City Council Unites With Biffa

Municipal services contractor Biffa has won an eight year contract, beginning in July, to provide household recycling and refuse collections and street cleansing for Manchester City Council.

This is one of the largest contracts won by Biffa, which provides waste management and related services for over 50 local authorities across Britain, including some of the best recycling authorities in England*.

The contract award follows a year-long tendering process to find a single contractor to manage both household collections and street cleansing for over 514,000 residents of one of England’s largest and highest profile cities.

Collections are currently handled by staff from Enterprise Manchester, a joint venture between the council and Amey, while council workers provide the street services. Around 400 staff from both organisations will transfer to Biffa under their existing employment terms and conditions.

Lift Recycling, Reduce Costs

By providing single-point management of both services, the contract aims to improve the city’s current recycling rate to around 50% by 2020, to ensure its streets are cleaner, and to reduce costs where possible.

Biffa will continue the current waste collection regime and clean nearly 840 miles of Manchester’s streets and roads.

Biffa says it will operate more efficient collection rounds and street cleansing schedules by ensuring the ‘right resources are deployed in the right place at the right time’.

Fiona Worrall, Manchester City Council's head of neighbourhood delivery, said: "We took the decision to appoint Biffa as it proposed the best possible, most cost-effective service to meet the future needs of the city and its residents.

"Biffa’s track record in helping local authorities to divert waste by increasing recycling is impressive, and will play an important role in maximising value-for-money."

Biffa Municipal commercial director Pete Dickson commented: "We’re immensely proud of winning the contract for Manchester, one of England’s largest and highest profile cities. It’s a real feather in Biffa’s cap.

"Biffa and the council face a number of challenges as we work together in a true partnership to drive up recycling and to drive down costs. But it’s familiar territory, and we’re confident that Biffa can make a difference."

Ownership of Manchester’s recyclables and residual waste will continue to rest with the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority. *

Biffa’s joint contract clients of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils were ranked 1st and 3rd in Defra’s 2013-14 local authority league tables with recycling rates of just over 65%. For the second year running, Biffa was the only service provider with more than one collection-only local authority in Defra’s top ten table. Biffa also helped Ashford Borough Council ditch the tag of England’s worst recycling authority, achieving the country’s largest recycling increase in 2013-14 by more than quadrupling Ashford’s recycling rate from 12% to over 50%.