Gloucester picks Ubico for waste contract
By Rob Freeman | 12th March 2021
Ubico will take over the contract to collect domestic waste in Gloucester from next year.
And Gloucester City Council will join the other councils in the county, plus West Oxfordshire, as a shareholder in the company.
Ubico will take over waste and recycling services, street and toilet cleaning, grounds and tree maintenance from April 2022 after cabinet members voted not to extend the contract with Urbaser Balfour Beatty, who took over the contract from Amey at the start of the year.
The deal sees a £5million investment for the purchase of new vehicles which would benefit from advances in technology helping the city to reduce its carbon footprint.
Council leader Councillor Richard Cook said: "This new agreement will give us both greater opportunities to improve services and better value for taxpayers' money through working closely with our local authority partners.
"Both Ubico and Urbaser submitted very attractive proposals. What gave Ubico the edge was that it not only made financial sense but also gave us environmental benefits and a greater commitment to our communities as well.
"By becoming a shareholder we will also be able to have a seat at the table with more flexibility and influence over the services we provide."
Ubico's proposal included improved response times for waste issues, an emergency out of hours services and enhanced highways cleaning.
The company also pledged to address antisocial behaviour through targeted groundworks and street furniture which can reduce flytipping and vandalism.
The contract decision followed an independent auditors KPMG.
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