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Five year extension for our award-winning waste and recycling partner

Published: Wednesday, 24 February, 2021

Stroud District Council’s waste and recycling partner Ubico will continue to collect the district’s household rubbish for another five years.

Earlier this month the Council’s Environment Committee agreed to extend the contract so it can continue to offer refuse, recycling, food and garden waste collections alongside other environmental services such as street cleaning and grounds maintenance. It has also recently taken over the grounds maintenance function at Stratford Park which will develop over the coming years.

Committee chairman Simon Pickering said: “These are essential services which have kept running as normal during the Coronavirus pandemic. We are really pleased to see that everyone’s hard work is being recognised. I would like to thank our residents, and SDC waste and recycling staff past and present who have worked hard, day in, day out to deliver a high quality service and made it such a success."

As part of its Corporate Delivery Plan, Stroud District Council prioritises the environment by helping the community minimise its carbon footprint, adapt to the changing climate and continue to improve recycling rates.

Councillor Doina Cornell, Leader of Stroud District Council added: “As part of our four-year focus in our CDP (Corporate Delivery Plan) our aim is to reduce household waste going to residual treatment through cost-effective recycling.

“The Environment Committee recognised that Ubico offers value for money and was particularly glowing about its response to the pandemic. We’re proud that Stroud has been recognised as having one of the best recycling rates in the country a year-and-a-half ago. Unanimous support from councillors from every political party as well as the widespread adoption by residents in the district that has made our recycling scheme such a success. This shows how much we can achieve when we all work together.”

SDC stopped outsourcing its waste and recycling service in 2016 and introduced a compostable food waste collection to its recyclable and residual waste collections with Ubico, in which Stroud District Council is a shareholder.

Thanks to our award-winning partnership with Ubico and our residents, in 2018 we threw away the least residual waste to landfill/incineration per household in England. We take food waste, food tins, drink cans, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and packaging, aerosols and foil, and paper, cardboard and cartons for recycling.

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