Waste Contracts update from Wiltshire Council

Service: Waste and Environment                              Further Enquiries to:  Tracy Carter             

Date Prepared:   2 August 2017                                 Direct Line:   01225 713258


Following the decision made by Cabinet in January 2016 to award contracts to Hills Waste Solutions for:

  • Lot 2 (management of nine council owned household recycling centres) and
  • Lot 5 (waste collection including the co-mingled collection of dry recyclables with separate glass)

the council was subject to a legal challenge from FCC Environment.

The claim has now been dismissed so the council is able to award contracts. The resolution of the legal challenge has resulted in the contract for Lot 2, management of the household recycling centres owned by the council, being awarded to FCC Environment and the contract for Lot 5, collection of waste and recycling, being awarded to Hills Waste Solutions.


The transfer of operation of the nine council-owned recycling centres to FCC Environment will take place on 2 October 2017. FCC Environment will work with the council and Hills Waste Solutions, the incumbent contractor, to ensure a smooth transition. FCC Environment plan to carry out a phased programme of site improvements over the coming months with work expected to be completed by the end of the year. Details of the timetable of improvement works will be confirmed soon with the aim of causing a minimum amount of disruption to residents.  The nine council-owned HRCs are sited at:


  • Amesbury
  • Devizes
  • Everleigh
  • Marlborough
  • Melksham
  • Salisbury
  • Stanton St Quintin
  • Trowbridge
  • Warminster


The new waste and recycling collection contract will commence on 30 July 2018 and the council will be working closely with Hills Waste Solutions to ensure a smooth transition. When the new service begins people will receive a simplified recycling service, with black boxes to be used solely for glass collection and blue lidded bins able to take all other recyclables, including a wider selection of plastics and drink and food cartons. Residents will be informed of all the details about the new service in the coming months.


The following contracts awarded to Hills Waste Solutions will also commence on 30 July 2018:

  • Lot 1 (provision of a materials recovery facility for sorting dry recyclables, transfer stations and two household recycling centres located at Lower Compton and Purton)
  • Lot 3 (composting of garden waste)
  • Lot 4 (treatment and landfill of residual waste).


The current contracts with Hills Waste Solutions for landfill and recycling and with FCC Environment for waste and recycling collection in the west of the county have been extended until 29 July 2018 to ensure that service delivery is maintained.


The council will work with FCC Environment, Hills Waste Solutions, the trade unions and our staff to mobilise the new contracts and maintain and improve service delivery.


The council has positive working relationships with both service providers, and expects this to continue through the transition period and into the new contract arrangements.


If you have any questions, please contact


Tracy Carter

Associate Director Waste and Environment

01225 713258