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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Delight over Veolia's failure to be short-listed for Harrow contract

From the Harrow Times:

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners are "delighted" that a particular services firm has not been shortlisted to recycle the borough's rubbish.

The Stop Veolia in Harrow petitioners collected 400 signatures opposing Veolia's candidacy for a Harrow Council contract to dispose of all of its blue bin waste.

Instead three other firms will be given the opportunity to compete to take away and sell on the average of 350 tonnes a week of dry, unsorted reusable material that is collected from households by the council's binmen and brought to the civic amenity site in Forward Drive, Harrow.

Stop Veolia in Harrow member Abe Hayeem, of Whitchurch Lane, Edgware, said: "The campaign are delighted to hear that Veolia was not amongst the tenderers for the latest materials framework recycling services contract.

"Although Veolia was among the six tenderers who expressed an interest, it was not amongst the three firms who submitted a final bid to used in the framework, which will collect the blue bin contents for recycling, sell them, and share part of the profits with Harrow.

"The Stop Veolia campaign raised the issue of ethical tendering concerning Veolia’s contracts for the Jerusalem Light Railway and bus services connecting illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, and a controversial landfill project - all against international law."

Harrow Council's cabinet committee is likely to award a place in the four year framework, beginning on September 1, to three companies, Biffa Waste Services, Bywaters (Leyton) and Viridor Waste Management, meaning the trio will be able to compete for successive 12-month contracts to handle the council's blue bin waste.

Companies who transport these contents away from the civic amenity site and sell it to various processing facilities for recycling have to share any proceeds above a certain threshold with Harrow Council, a lucrative agreement through which the authority earns about £900,000 back for the taxpayer.

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