South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils will be working in partnership with FCC Environment to provide waste collection, recycling and street and toilet cleaning services from the 1st April 2019.

South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils will be working in partnership with FCC Environment to provide waste collection, recycling and street and toilet cleaning services from the 1st April 2019.

Following a competitive tendering process, South Hams and West Devon Councils have awarded the contract for your Waste Recycling and Cleaning services to FCC Environment which will save over £5 million in the next 8 years.  As well as continuing to deliver the key services for each council, the new contract will offer extra services which will help to improve the local environment.

Cllr  John Tucker, Leader of South Hams District Council said: "I am delighted to bring this news to our residents.  It not only offers better value for money for the tax payer, but also huge environmental benefits. Big improvements are coming to the recycling service over the next two years. I am looking forward to working with FCC Environment who are bringing their industry knowledge and expertise into our services.

 "We have been listening to residents and we know that you want to be able to recycle more at the kerbside, particularly glass and mixed plastics.  It will take a little while to put everything in place but the good news is that you will be able to recycle more from the kerbside by the end of 2020."

Cllr Philip Sanders, Leader of West Devon Borough Council said: "I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to make such substantial savings at a time when we are facing a huge budget gap. The bonus is that will be able to improve vital services and increase our recycling rate even more over the coming years."

Steve Longdon, Regional Director for FCC Environment said: "We are one of the UK's most trusted resource and waste management businesses. We hold over 100 contracts with some 60 local authorities up and down the country recycling more than 1.6 million tonnes of waste each year and so we consider ourselves to be a safe pair of hands . Ever since Blue Planet 2, residents have been more interested than ever before in re-using, reducing and recycling so it's a great time to be rolling out new and enhanced services that will allow residents in South Hams and West Devon to do just that."

Residents should not see any immediate changes to services and the Councils will be working closely with FCC Environment over the coming months to plan the changes to the recycling collection services. Will be provided more details on the improvements over the coming months.