Bristol City Council gives council-owned BWC new waste deal

Rubbish being collected in Bristol
Image caption BWC will take over all waste services for the next 10 years

All waste collection and disposal services in Bristol will be managed by a council-owned firm as part of a 10-year deal.

Last June, the council and waste collection group Kier agreed to end a £96m contract amid concerns about the amount of waste being sent to landfill.

Bristol Waste Company (BWC) took over temporarily in 2015 and now a long-term deal has been agreed.

The deal aims to reduce littering and fly-tipping and increase recycling.

The council said the new deal would be monitored against a number of goals and it would also need to hand in an annual business plan.

Bristol mayor Marvin Rees said: "We hope a 10 year contract would allow us more stability to make serious progress towards tidying up our streets."

Labour politician, Mr Rees, said one of his election pledges to launch the Clean Streets Campaign.

He added: "We have been given a real opportunity to make a difference to Bristol's streets, and after considering all the facts, we believe that Bristol Waste Company offer us the best chance to achieve our ambitious goals for the city."

The city council's waste strategy also includes building a new recycling centre in Hartcliffe.

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