Waste management company FCC Environment has won a £40m contract to manage and operate 12 household waste recycling centres in Kent.

The five-year contract, which also involves running three transfer stations, is part of Kent County Council’s aim to improve recycling rates in the county as part of its ‘Net Zero’ target.

FCC will attach a dedicated haulage fleet to the contract, as well as a management team with experience of undertaking haulage and recycling operations.

The company said the contract starts on 1 November and runs for an initial five years, with a possible five year extension.

Steve Longdon, FCC operations director, said: “We hold over 100 contracts with some 60 local authorities up and down the country operating some 100 household waste and recycling centres, so we consider ourselves to be a safe pair of hands.

“But as we move towards a green recovery which will see major changes to the way we recycle, not just in England but in the whole of the UK, it’s good to be enhancing our relationship with Kent County Council to continue to improve recycling rates and make an environmental contribution by doing the right thing.”

In 2017, FCC landed a similar five-year recycling deal with Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Borough Councils.