Urbaser wins collection and cleansing services in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge & Malling

An eight-year contract for recycling, waste collection and street cleansing in both Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge & Malling has been awarded to waste management company Urbaser by the two borough councils.

The new contract, which will begin on 1 March 2019 in Tonbridge and Malling and on 30 March 2019 in Tunbridge Wells, will see Urbaser Ltd providing a recycling to 101,000 homes and street cleansing across both boroughs.

Urbaser Ltd has been delivering environmental services across the world since 1993. Its parent company is the third largest environmental services provider in Europe, and also operates in Asia, North Africa and South America.

In the UK, Urbaser has won 11 local municipal waste services contracts since 2010. Other local authority clients include Gosport Borough Council, Waltham Forest Council, Burnley Borough Council, Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and East & North Hertfordshire District Councils.

Cllr Ronen Basu, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainability, said: ‘Before appointing Urbaser we carried out a rigorous procurement exercise over a number of months.

‘The criteria we used in selecting Urbaser ensures residents are given a high-quality service that offers value for money and introduces new elements to the service that we know households will benefit from.’

Cllr David Lettington, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Environment Services, said: ‘Urbaser has a wealth of experience in the waste management business and we look forward to the benefits this will bring when we launch our new and improved service next year.’

Urbaser managing director Javier Peiro said: ‘We are incredibly proud to be selected as a long-term partner for both Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells Borough Councils and we are looking forward to delivering these important services to residents and service users across both boroughs.

‘Urbaser is committed to providing its clients with value for money and excellent service levels.’

Although the contract will begin in March 2019, initially services for both councils will continue as normal while the logistics of the roll out of the new collection service are finalised. Residents will be kept fully informed and further announcements regarding the start of the new service will be made in the coming months.