Bin men and street cleaners from waste giant Veolia will continue to operate in East Cambridgeshire after councillors agreed to extend the company’s contract.

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Councillors on East Cambridgeshire District Council’s regulatory and support services committee extended Veolia’s terms for a further three years.

Veolia won a seven-year contract in 2008 which was due to expire in March next year – but there was an option to extend for a further four years to 2019.

The council launched a study in 2012 to explore alternatives to Veolia, but the study discovered that the cheapest alternative would cost taxpayers at least £800,000 more per year.

Dave White, the council’s waste 
strategy team leader, recommended extending Veolia’s contract for a further three years – with prices fixed at the current level.

The contract could have been extended by four years but Veolia told the council it did not want to commit at this stage.

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