As the preferred bidder for the contract, which is set to begin in April 2012, May Gurney has the opportunity to negotiate exclusively with the council to reach a deal. If successful, they will be responsible for the collection of waste and recycling from 147,000 homes across Cheshire West and Chester. The contract may also be extended for a further seven years.

According to the council, the contract will enable it to merge collection arrangements across the new unitary borough, alongside maximising recycling volumes, minimising carbon emissions and reducing costs above its original target of £1.58m each year.

Services delivered by May Gurney will include kerbside collection, recycling banks, processing of food and garden waste, the sale of recyclables and the use of its bulking sites, vehicles and plant.

May Gurney’s chief executive, Philip Fellowes-Prynne, said: “This new contract supports CWCC’s commitment to delivering higher recycling rates, improved customer service and value for money services.”

Carys Matthews

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