New bin firm ‘will save the city £1m’

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TAXPAYERS in Portsmouth will save over a £1m a year with the arrival of a new bin contractor, says the city council.

Biffa takes over household waste and recycling collections from Veolia in October this year.

Residents will continue to receive weekly collections, and the city council said the new contract is hoped to bring environmental benefits as Biffa vehicles run on bio-fuel made from recycled waste oil.

Paul Fielding, assistant head of transport and street management said: ‘New contractors Biffa will provide not only a cost-effective service, but one which will hopefully see a dramatic reduction in carbon emissions thanks to their commitment to providing a greener service.’

Residents will also have an affordable garden waste collection service from next year.

Called the green waste club, people can sign up online to have prunings, grass cuttings and other green waste collected from the kerbside and made into soil conditioner.

Biffa has a contract for at least eight years.