Birmingham City Council has appointed Veolia UK to treat the city's waste and recycling and operate the recycling centres.

The new contract, which will run until 2034, aims to increase recycling rates to 70% at the city’s household recycling centres (HRCs) and will be achieved by introducing more recycling staff.

Cllr Majid Mahmood, Cabinet Member for Environment at Birmingham City Council, said: ‘As a council and city we are determined to achieve our net zero goal for the benefit of all residents. Improved recycling and low carbon energy are key parts of our strategy, so I am pleased we have agreed a contract that puts this front and centre.

‘Increasing recycling rates to 70 per cent at the HRCs is a big target but we need to be ambitious and I’m confident the people of this city will work with us to achieve this when we provide the means and support.’

Gavin Graveson, Senior Executive Vice-President at Veolia, said: ‘We are delighted to continue working with Birmingham City Council and to carry on providing a first-class service to the residents to find solutions to the materials they discard every day, whether that is recycling them into new products or generating secure electricity supplies for the National Grid.

‘We look forward to sharing our extensive experience for a sustainable future as we support the city to achieve net zero by 2030. We have some key projects planned for the new contract which will enable Birmingham residents to join Veolia and Birmingham City Council on the journey towards Ecological Transformation.’

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