Biffa offered Cornwall collection contract

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
The contract will see weekly collections of food waste begin in Cornwall in summer 2021

The cabinet of Cornwall Council agreed last week to offer a new waste collection and street cleansing contract to Biffa.

The contract will run for eight years from 3 October 2020, with the option to extend for a further two.

Biffa has already been providing waste management and public space cleansing services in Cornwall in recent years.

Changes following the signing of the contract will include a new collection fleet, wheeled bins, and food waste collection.

There will be weekly separate collection of food waste in Cornwall from summer 2021, alongside fortnightly recycling and rubbish collections.

The council will inform every household about its role in the new scheme.

The contract is intended to help Cornwall undergo what the council calls a “recycling revolution”, something residents described as a priority in a 2017 council survey.

Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council cabinet member for environment and public protection, said: “This contract sees Cornwall poised to transform its recycling.

“We are very pleased to be continuing to work with Biffa. Following very positive collaborative dialogue and a ‘can do’ approach by everyone – including the bidding companies – we now have a way of hitting impressive recycling targets.

“If, like most of the top-performing parts of the UK, we begin putting our food waste out for collection every week from summer 2021, we can in one leap transform our recycling rates from the currently disappointing 38% to over 50%.”

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