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GROUND-BREAKING HOUSEHOLD WASTE CONTRACT FOR SURREY CC

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Radical improvements in environmental standards are set to flow from a proposed new contract for the management of ...
Radical improvements in environmental standards are set to flow from a proposed new contract for the management of household waste, unveiled by Surrey CC.

Surrey CC has selected SITA (GB) Ltd as the front runner in the ground-breaking new contract for Surrey. Once the deal is signed SITA (GB) Ltd will be working in partnership with Surrey CC to:

- Cut the amount of household waste going to landfill by over two-thirds

- Put major resources into waste minimisation

- Increase countywide recycling fourfold by the year 2005

- Improve facilities at household waste sites used by local people

- Reduce traffic associated with waste management by over a third

As well as these environmental benefits, the 25-year contract will bring about substantial cost savings for Surrey council taxpayers. The contract, which is in line with the government's national waste strategy, has already won around£100m from the government through the private finance initiative to help fund the capital costs of any new waste treatment facilities needed.

Surrey CC environment committee chair David Davis said: 'We still need to settle some of the outstanding points with representatives from SITA (GB) Ltd so that the contract can be signed. This deal opens up tremendous opportunities to use the latest, proven technologies to bring about vast environmental improvements for Surrey residents.

'SITA (GB) Ltd will use modern techniques that will radically increase recycling, raise standards for waste disposal and save Surrey tax payers tens of millions of pounds over the next 25 years.'

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