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Council asked to back recycling contract extension

Gloucestershire County Council's cabinet will be asked to renew Ubico's contract to run its household recycling centres.

Ubico runs the council's five centres at Hempsted in Gloucester, Wingmoor Farm in Cheltenham, Pyke Quarry in Stroud, Oak Quarry at Broadwell and Fosse Cross at North Cerney, as well as the Swindon Road site which is run by Cheltenham Borough Council.

The cabinet will be asked to recommend a plan for a new five-year contract from August 2021 which is estimated at £9.9million over the duration.

An option to extend to seven years would take the projected cost to £14.1million.

Councillor Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for waste said: "Increasing recycling in the county continues to be a top priority for the council and with cabinet's approval we will continue working with Ubico to achieve this.

"A key feature of the new contract will be to work with them on a programme of continuous improvement for our sites."

He continued: "I'm particularly pleased with Ubico's flexibility and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Their staff worked on district council kerbside collections when our sites had to be closed and they have responded so well to support us and our residents in the reopening of our HRCs."

The council declared a climate emergency in May 2019 with an ambition to be a carbon neutral county by 2050 with recycling a key ingredient of the plan.

More than 60 per cent of all waste taken to the sites is reused or recycled.

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