Southend Council is having to renegotiate its recycling targets in its contract with Veolia due to “high pressure”.
According to the Southend Echo newspaper, Veolia have reportedly experienced problems in achieving recycling targets, and have also been given fines of £150,000 for poor service between 2016-17.
Southend Council public protection director Carl Robinson said: “At a national level, recycling rates have declined and the amount of black sack waste has increased.
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“Southend has not been immune from this trend. This has financial implications, in terms of tonnage charges applied by Government to disposal of black sack waste and the amount of money waste companies can earn from the sale of recyclable products.
“In order to ensure the continued viability of the council’s waste management contract with Veolia, formal negotiations have been held over recycling targets. As a result of these negotiations, we have re-profiled the recycling targets that we set Veolia. These new targets, which will be published in the council’s next performance report, would still see Southend meeting the national recycling target set by Government of 50% by 2020, though over a longer timeframe.
“We have been clear during negotiations that more must be done to improve recycling rates. As a result, Veolia have recruited a further three recycling officers, whose role it will be to promote recycling among residents of the borough.”