Improved services and large savings are expected after the decision by the council to award a new ten year contract to Biffa Municipal Limited for the collection of domestic refuse and recycling and street cleaning. In addition to annual savings of over £400,000 a year, the introduction of new technology, new vehicles and new working practices, including a 4-day collection week to avoid Bank Holiday Monday disruption, is anticipated to result in environmental and service improvements.
The decision was taken by the Cabinet of Epping Forest District Council at a special meeting on Monday 19 May 2014.
Competitors for the contract
Biffa beat an initial list of 8 competitors to the contract, including current contractor Sita UK, most of whose local staff will transfer to Biffa under the terms of the contract. The final decision was based on an equal assessment of price and quality, with all the short-listed companies submitting competitive bids.
When will Biffa start?
Biffa will start emptying the District’s wheelie bins on 3 November 2014. The new Tuesday to Friday collection service will start in March 2015.
What to recycle and when will it be collected?
Epping Forest residents are amongst the ‘greenest’ in the country, recycling over 250kg per household each year. Bidders were invited to investigate different ways of collecting local refuse and recycling but the current system of two wheelie-bins, sacks and a blue box has proved to be one of the best and there are no plans to change this.
- Food and Garden Waste Wheelie Bin – collected weekly
- Residual Waste Wheelie Bin – collected fortnightly
- Blue Box – for glass, collected fortnightly
- Sacks – All other dry recycling collected fortnightly
Residents will also be able to recycle tetrapaks, batteries and small electrical items for the first time.
Langston Road, Loughton redevelopment
In March 2015, Biffa will transfer from the current council-owned depot in Langston Road to its own depots in Edmonton and Waltham Cross. This will move forward the redevelopment of the Langston Road site as a new retail park, providing employment for local people and generating more long-term income and savings for Epping Forest District Council.
Great news for Epping Forest residents
Contract negotiations were led by Councillor Will Breare-Hall, Environment Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council, and Council officers.
Councillor Breare-Hall said: “This deal is great news for Epping Forest residents and our District. Our new contract with Biffa promises residents an innovative, improved, more responsive service that respects what they like best about our current provision, and helps us keep their Council Tax low. I want to put on record my thanks to Sita UK for the great job they have done, but it is essential we keep striving to improve. This new partnership with Biffa offers even better services to residents, reductions in environmental impact, and helps us to maintain our record as one of the UK’s top recycling authorities.”