19 January 2023
Milton Keynes City Council has awarded a new contract to SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd to collect MK’s waste, keep streets clean, and maintain council owned green spaces and play areas.
The contract starts in September 2023 alongside the vast majority of Milton Keynes 119,000 households moving to wheelie bins, following a public consultation where three quarters of those local people who responded chose wheelie bins over plastic sacks. Introducing wheelie bins should lead to less street litter, a reduced food supply for rodents and, importantly, higher recycling rates, which will be better for the environment and saves on the production of millions of plastic sacks.
Milton Keynes produces around 121,000 tonnes of household waste and recycling each year, of which 52% is currently recycled.
More than 300,000 bins and accompanying waste vehicles will be manufactured and delivered to MK for summer 2023 in a massive logistical operation. Many of the new waste and landscaping vehicles will be fully electric to reduce local carbon emissions, and the CCTV equipped fleet will include smaller and narrower vehicles to enable SUEZ collection crews to pick up waste more effectively. The fleet will be better able to navigate confined and challenging areas, leading to fewer missed collections for residents.
Following an extensive formal tender process by the City Council, SUEZ has been appointed on a five-year contract, with the opportunity to extend the contract further.
The City Council is taking sample wheelie bins to a range of community spaces and libraries in the weeks ahead to meet residents who would like to learn more about the upcoming changes and examine the wheelie bins in person. Find your nearest event on the council website.