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Shake-up in recycling, as council awards contracts to Hills and FCC Environment

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Hills Waste SolutionsHills Waste SolutionsWiltshire Council has formally confirmed which contractors will be running their household recycling centres and delivering waste collection and recycling services in the future.

The council’s household recycling centres will be operated by FCC Environment – the Northampton-based subsidiary of the Spanish construction company Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas – while Swindon-based Hills Waste Solutions will provide its waste and recycling collection services.

The transfer of operations of the nine council-owned recycling centres to FCC Environment will take place on 2 October 2017. FCC Environment plan to carry out a phased programme of site improvements over the coming months with work expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The new waste and recycling collection contract commences from 30 July 2018, and will see the introduction of a simplified recycling service, with black boxes to be used solely for glass collection and blue lidded bins able to take all other recyclables, including a wider selection of plastics and food and drink cartons.

Wiltshire Council’s cabinet originally confirmed – back in January last year – that Hills had secured the management of household waste recycling centres and waste collection services commencing this month.

The council admitted in a statement that the “formal confirmation had been delayed due to legal reasons.”

Bridget Wayman, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for waste services, said: “I am delighted we have now confirmed these contracts and we can get on with the job of improving our waste and recycling services for residents.

“We already have great working relationships with both Hills Waste Solutions and FCC Environment and they are both as committed as we are to providing the best possible service.”