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New Sustainable Contract for Winchester City Council

2 February 2021

Biffa to support Winchester City Council with new sustainable approach to waste

Biffa, the leading sustainable waste management company, today begins an eight-year contract with Winchester City Council, which will see a new waste strategy for the area including lower emission vehicles and free electrical items waste collections.

The services from Biffa will cover household waste and recycling, plus new and improved approaches and technology which will support Winchester City Council to work towards its sustainability goals, including the target to become carbon neutral by 2024.

These include new refuse vehicles for the area, which are designed to emit lower levels of pollutants and replace older, higher-emission producing models, resulting in cleaner air for the district in Hampshire. The new vehicles are also narrower, therefore will reduce congestion on the roads.

The vehicles are also fitted with new onboard technology, which will provide real-time data to Winchester City Council and Biffa about any missed collections or issues, enabling them to work together to resolve these quickly, ensuring the most efficient service possible.

Furthermore, the new contract with Biffa will introduce the free collection of waste electrical items such as kettles, clocks and toasters. In line with Biffa’s sustainable approach, these will be taken to its specialist electric waste recycling depots to be dealt with correctly and recycled wherever possible.

Simon Baddeley, Commercial Director at Biffa, said: “It is more important than ever to ensure that we’re managing our customers waste as sustainably as possible to reduce the impact of waste on the environment. We are looking forward to continuing our work in the Winchester area and to introduce these new services to support Winchester City Council. Helping our customers to recycle more and reduce carbon emissions is a key part of our long term sustainability strategy. The new electrical recycling collections and lower emissions vehicles will help Winchester manage waste in a more environmentally friendly way.”

Campbell Williams, Service Lead for Environmental Services at Winchester City Council said: “Winchester City Council is today beginning our new eight  year contract with Biffa to support our ambitions to become carbon neutral.

After an open tender process, Biffa were chosen because they shared out vision for excellent customer service, value for the council tax payer, and an improved environment.

We have been working with Biffa during the COVID- 19 pandemic and the performance of their crews has been fantastic during this period, and we are aiming to build on this relationship.

Whilst we can see benefits immediately through the new vehicles and new services being offered to residents, there are many longer term benefits which we want to work with Biffa to deliver, such as access for community groups across Winchester to the Biffa Award grant scheme.”

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Notes to Editors

 

For enquiries, please contact:

 

Houston

biffa@houston.co.uk / +44 (0)204 529 0549

 

 

About Biffa

 

Biffa has been at the forefront of the UK’s waste industry for over a hundred years, with operations that span the entire breadth of the waste management process including collection, recycling, treatment, disposal and energy generation. We exist to change the way people think about waste; to help people see the opportunities that exist when we manage our waste in the right way, and to make that happen. We understand the vital role we must play in helping the UK to address the climate emergency and deliver sustainable growth. This involves an ambitious investment programme in green economy infrastructure and low carbon collections, alongside an ongoing commitment to sector leadership in the health, safety and wellbeing of our people. Biffa is a Great British company. In FY20, the Group's total revenue was £1,102.8m and its Underlying EBITDA was £174.0m. We have been listed on the London Stock Exchange since October 2016 under the ticker "BIFF". In March 2020, Biffa entered the FTSE-250.

 

For more information visit www.biffa.co.uk/investors