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Street cleaners Veolia rewarded with £38m eight-year contract

Inside Croydon

The South London Waste Partnership has saddled Council Tax-payers in Croydon, Sutton, Merton and Kingston with an eight-year contract with Veolia.

Veolia are now locked in to the bin collection and street cleaning services in Croydon until 2024 Veolia are now locked in to the bin collection and street cleaning services in Croydon until 2024

Yes, that’s right: the same company which currently empties the bins and sweeps the roads in Croydon.

The SLWP is the same organisation which ran the dubious procurement process for the Beddington Lane incinerator, which could potentially pollute the local air for the next quarter-century.

The four boroughs in the SLWP have now all rubber-stamped the new Veolia deal, which is having the contractual details “fine tuned”, according to company. In Merton and Sutton, the deal also sees new parks maintenance contractors.

But the whole process is less about providing an improved street cleaning service, and more about saving £30million of public spending between now and 2024.

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