Announcement strengthens Veolia Environmental Services position as the leading private operator in the UK waste management market and in Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts for waste services
Veolia Environmental Services, through its subsidiary Veolia Environmental Services (UK) plc, the UK waste management market leader, has been selected by Shropshire Waste Partnership as its preferred bidder for its integrated waste management contract. The contract is expected to last 27 years.
This announcement follows similar decisions in Southwark and West Berkshire and builds on the companys existing PFI and integrated contracts gained in the last thirteen years in Nottinghamshire, Hampshire, Sheffield, Birmingham and East Sussex.
Veolia Environmental Services integrated waste management bid for Shropshire Waste Partnership involves capital investment in waste infrastructure of 147 million3 over the duration of the contract and is designed to maximize recycling, with a target of 50% by 2012. The percentage of municipal waste sent to landfill is set to be reduced from 65% in 2005/2006 to 5% in 2015.
The Shropshire Waste Partnership has been granted 60 million3 of PFI credits towards the cost of the contract, which is expected to commence in October. Veolia Environmental Services and the Shropshire Waste Partnership will now work closely together to finalize and implement a well adapted and performing solution for the integrated management of waste for the county.
If selected, Veolia Environmental Services will take responsibility for the collection, recycling, energy recovery and treatment of household waste, which in 2007/2008 is expected to amount to over 180,000 metric tons from the countys 283,000 residents.
Veolia Environmental Services bid proposes a fully integrated strategy for managing Shropshires waste and enhancing services in all the districts in the Shropshire Waste Partnership, including:
- Introduction of kerbside collection of plastic bottles in all districts
- Construction of two new integrated waste management facilities in Oswestry and Bridgnorth for waste transfer and household waste recycling
- Construction of an in-vessel composting facility
- Provision of an energy recovery facility at Battlefield Enterprise Park in Shrewsbury that will eventually produce enough electricity from waste to supply over 10,000 homes, while substantially reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.
Councillor Joyce Barrow, Chairman of Shropshire Waste Partnership, said: We believe that Veolia Environmental Services proposals offer the best solution to meet Shropshires waste management obligations in the most affordable and sustainable way. Veolia Environmental Services has a great deal of experience in this area and has put forward innovative proposals to increase the amount of waste that is recycled in the county, to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and to provide the best possible waste collection and disposal service to Shropshire residents. We now look forward to finalizing the proposals in the weeks ahead.
Denis Gasquet, Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Environmental Services, added: The choice of Veolia Environmental Services strengthens our position in the PFI market which continues to expand. The decision by the county of Shropshire demonstrates the value of our integrated waste management approach which combines high levels of recycling, waste minimization and education with energy recovery from the remaining residual waste. We look forward to concluding negotiations in due course.
Veolia Environmental Services, the division of Veolia Environnement in charge of waste management business, is the only provider of a full range of services for hazardous and non-hazardous solid and liquid waste all over the world. The company provides waste management and logistics services (collection, pipe systems maintenance, cleaning, waste flow management), as well as materials recovery and recycling. Veolia Environmental Services generated revenue of 7.4 billion in 2006. http://www.veolia-proprete.com/
Veolia Environnement is world leader in environmental services. With more than 300,000 employees the company has operations all around the world and provides tailored solutions to meet the needs of municipal and industrial customers in four complementary segments: water management, waste management, energy management and freight and passenger transportation. Veolia Environnement recorded revenue of 28.6 billion in 2006. http://www.veolia.com/
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1. Private Finance Initiative (PFI): this fairly recent method was developed by the UK government in consultation with interested parties. PFI allows a great deal of flexibility in contractual arrangement between public and private partners, based on the principle that the private partner takes on a major share of the risks and responsibilities.
2. The Shropshire Waste Partnership consists of Shropshire County Council, Bridgnorth District Council, North and South Shropshire District Councils and Oswestry Borough Council. It does not include Shrewsbury & Atcham Borough Council.
3. Based on a Euro/£ exchange rate of 1.47