Solihull Council appoints new waste, recycling and environment service contractor


Following an 18-month procurement process, Solihull Council has signed a ten-year environmental service contract, worth £140 million, with Veolia ES (UK) Limited and its partner Idverde. 

The new contract will not only deliver all the high quality environmental services currently supplied in the borough by Amey - including household waste, recycling and garden waste collections, street cleansing, operating Bickenhill Household Waste Recycling Centre, grounds maintenance, forestry and tree services, but will also offer a number of improvements.

In addition to the services residents already receive, Veolia will collect garden waste all year round and small electrical items from the kerbside. There will also be much greater use of technology to help support the Council’s ambitions to reduce the CO2 emissions in the borough to net zero by 2041. 

The new contract will start from 1 April 2022. 

Councillor Ken Hawkins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said:

“I want to congratulate Veolia ES (UK) Limited and their partner Idverde on their successful bid and I look forward to working with them in the future.

“They produced a compelling and value-for-money bid that I am confident will continue the Council’s track record of providing high quality and cost effective environmental services to residents and businesses alike.

“I can assure residents that this new contract will bring improvements to the services they receive, making them even better over the next decade working with our new contractor Veolia and Idverde. 

“We made it clear to all bidders that it was the quality of the services that they could offer that was the most important factor in choosing a new partner.

“I would also like to thank Amey for their decade of service and Glendale for nearly 25 years of service and wish them well for the future.”

Gavin Graveson, Veolia Executive Vice-President, UK & Ireland, said:

“We are delighted to have won this important contract with our partner, Idverde and look forward to working with Solihull Council to deliver the best services possible.  

“We both have extensive experience of delivering high quality services around the UK and will work with the Council to ensure Solihull residents experience a seamless transition next year. As we build our relationships I am confident we can bring new and innovative services to the borough.”   

The full list of services within the new contract include:

  • Kerbside waste and recycling collections
  • Management and operation of Bickenhill Household Waste Recycling Centre
  • Management and operation of Moat Lane and Bickenhill Waste Transfer Station
  • Provision of street cleansing services – street sweeping, litter picking, litter bin emptying, removal of fly-tipping
  • Provision of grounds/cleansing services for Solihull Community Housing
  • Provision of grounds maintenance services – parks, open spaces, verges, horticulture
  • Provision of grave digging and grounds maintenance services for cemeteries
  • Provision of forestry and arboriculture services