The contract, which is designed to deliver savings on the current cost of the service, increase recycling on the Island and minimise the amount of household waste sent for landfill, will run for 25 years on the Island.
Although councillors voted to award Amey the contract in July, the finalisation of documents and required legal processes meant the paperwork could not be signed until 30th September. With this now complete, final preparations are taking place ahead of Amey running collection services from 1st November.
Alternate weekly collections will remain under the contract, and new household waste wheeled bins for black bags will be given to properties as part of the service towards the middle of 2016. Those households that are not suitable for bins will be given gull-proof sacks, or ‘seagull sacks’ as they are commonly known, to place their black bags in to prevent bags being ripped open by animals.
Councillor Luisa Hillard, Executive member responsible for sustainability, said:
“The signing of this contract is the culmination of four years of hard work by officers and I share their optimism that this will be a positive, 25 year legacy for the Island.
“I know that some residents have been worried about what the changes might be but for now keep putting out your black bags, recycling and food caddies just like normal.”
Amey’s Managing Director for Local Government, Nick Gregg, added:
“We are looking forward to building a long-term partnership with the council and Islanders. Our team on the Island will be aiming to deliver waste and environmental services which meet the needs of residents, businesses and tourists, as well as provide value-for-money for the council.
“The Isle of Wight is a unique environment and we will be helping to keep it that way through improved waste collections and investment in proposed new treatment facilities.”
The new partnership with Amey replaces the existing integrated waste management contract which has been operated by Island Waste Services (a subsidiary of Biffa Ltd) since 1997. Further details of services residents will see under the contract will be released in due course.