Wiltshire-based Hills Waste Solutions has secured a three-year extension to its contract handling thousands of tonnes of waste a year from five Army garrisons.
The Calne-based firm, part of the Hills Group, has retained the work with Aspire Defence Services Limited (ADSL) with effect from the beginning of this month.
The contract, which has an option to extend for an additional two years, follows on from an original agreement which started in 2009.
A key factor for HWS retaining the contract was its commitment that all non-recyclable general waste from the garrisons will be processed in energy-from-waste plants, resulting in none going to landfill.
ADSL is operating the total facilities management element of the 35-year Project Allenby/Connaught (PAC) contract across the four garrisons on Salisbury Plain and in Aldershot. PAC is the MoD’s largest infrastructure private finance initiative (PFI) contract and has significantly improved the lives of 18,700 soldiers – a fifth of the Army – through the upgraded living and working accommodation.
HWS provides waste collection and recycling services across the PAC garrisons, which generate around 4,500 tonnes of waste and recycling material a year.
Since the start of the original contract the recycling rate has increased from 12% to 20.5% with a 14% – or 630 tonne – reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill.
HWS commercial manager Gary McKinnon said: “We are pleased to be awarded this contract, especially as competition from other national operators was strong.
“This reflects on how HWS has progressed its service offering so that we are now able to provide ADSL and their customer the MoD a ‘zero-to-landfill’ solution.
“Careful planning and a symmetry of services across all garrisons ensure that the opportunities to recycle and dispose of waste correctly are the same whether at work, at home or in communal areas.
“In addition, Hills’ ‘redtop recycler’ service allows several recyclable materials to be collected in a single container, making it easy to recycle and reducing the number of bins on site.”
ADSL managing director Graham Blow added: “The contract with Hills Waste Solutions is a good result for Aspire Defence Services Limited. We work to embed sustainability into every part of our business and HWS are able to meet our challenging targets.”
Pictured signing the contract are, from left: Hills Group chief executive Mike Hill and Aspire Defence Services managing director Graham Blow (seated), with Adrian Knowles, Dave Long, Richard Bond and Gary McKinnon – all from Hills Waste Solutions – and Ian Sparks, Nigel Marsh and Andy Ingram – all from Aspire Defence Services