The 10-year contract started in April 2022 has an option for an extension of up to a further 10 years. It also includes a commitment to reduce operational emissions and to develop low carbon solutions.

Every vehicle in the fleet is fully powered by HVO, a bio-based liquid fuel made from vegetable oils and animal fats. This is a first for Veolia in the UK.

HVO is a low carbon, low emission, fossil-free and sustainable alternative to conventional fossil diesel which eliminates up to 90% of net CO2 and reduces nitrogen oxide (NOX), particulate matter (PM) and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions.

Cllr Judy Leggett, portfolio holder for Environmental Excellence said: ‘We're very pleased to be continuing our very successful working relationship with Veolia through the award of this major new contract.

‘The contract brings together an excellent service for residents with innovative new approaches which will help to make our waste and recycling services more effective and even more environmentally friendly.

‘This new contract will help drive us towards our aim of being carbon neutral well ahead of the Government's 2050 target.’

Pascal Hauret, managing director municipal, Veolia UK said: ‘We’re delighted to launch our first fully HVO powered fleet in Broadland. HVO significantly reduces CO2 emissions so this is a hugely positive step in our shared commitment to net zero. Importantly, whilst the availability of HVO is still limited in the UK, Veolia has secured a guaranteed supply for the entire contract term.’