SUEZ land Greater Manchester waste management contracts

SUEZ UK chief executive David Palmer-Jones

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has signed new operating contracts with SUEZ for the management of Greater Manchester’s waste and resources services.  

SUEZ will manage 1.1 million tonnes of municipal waste from over 1 million households across nine Greater Manchester boroughs, with a combined contract value of over £1 billion.  


GMCA has said that it is looking forward to working with SUEZ to focus on “significantly increasing recycling rates and diverting over 96% of Greater Manchester’s municipal waste from landfill”.  

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The two contracts include the operation of 41 facilities over 24 sites including four mechanical treatment and rail head reception facilities, 20 household waste recycling centres, eight transfer loading stations, the Bolton thermal recovery facility and a materials recovery facility.   

SUEZ will offer residents improvements to their household waste recycling centres and will recycle various items including carpets and mattresses.  

There are no planned changes to resident’s household waste and recycling collection services. 

GMCA waste and recycling committee chair Cllr Allison Gwynne said: “We are extremely pleased with the result of the procurement process and are confident that our new partnership with SUEZ will provide opportunities to enable us to increase recycling of household waste which is key to moving towards a more circular economy. This is another step towards making Greater Manchester one of the leading Green City regions in the UK.” 

SUEZ UK chief executive David Palmer-Jones said: “We are delighted to be working with GMCA and were inspired by their visionary approach to ensuring that the contracts deliver environmental improvements and added social value for Greater Manchester. We have made over 50 social value commitments and are particularly excited about how our plans for funds raised through re-use initiatives will benefit the Mayor’s Homelessness Fund and other community projects across the city-region. We very much look forward to playing our part in helping deliver the ‘5 Year Environment Plan’ for Greater Manchester.” 

SUEZ was confirmed as the preferred tenderer in March 2019 and has been preparing to take over operations from current contractor Viridor Waste, when the new contracts begin on Saturday 1 June 2019. Existing staff working at the sites will transfer to SUEZ. 

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