Council signs new waste contract

Council signs new waste contract

Thursday, 30 August 2018

On Friday 24 August, Penrith Council signed the new 10-year Waste Collection contract. The contract was awarded to Suez after a long and competitive tender process, and will commence from July 2019.

This is another step towards protecting our environment through effective waste management for years to come.

Penrith Mayor Cr John Thain said this new contract will not only allow Council to continue delivering a quality service, but will also provide significant service enhancements.

"Council is committed to providing a great quality service to residents that protects and preserves our environment. This contract allows us to do that, which is a win for everyone," Cr Thain said.

"Under the new contract, new cutting-edge technology will be integrated into the service to improve the experience for all residents," he said.

"This technology means Council can respond to queries faster, and use information to improve performance and reduce missed collections over time.

"All enquiries will be brought in-house at Council, so residents will have a one-stop-shop for their waste needs, making it a lot easier for them to get assistance if needed.

"Residents will also continue to have access to existing services including four free bulky waste collections each year, extra collections over Christmas, specialised collection events throughout the year, and the free Community Recycling Centre," Cr Thain continued.

And the best news of all? "Prices will remain relatively stable for the next 10 years. This is a huge win for residents and is only possible because the Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) system insulates residents from rising landfill charges," Cr Thain said.

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Thursday, 30 August 2018.