Friday 21 December 2012

Veolia withdraws from lucrative North london waste contract

Veolia's contract with Brent Council for waste collection, recycling and street cleansing comes to an end in 2014 and the procurement process for a new contractor has begun for a new contract which will also include parks maintenance.
Today (21 December) the North London Waste Authority announced that Veolia Environmental Services‘ will not be submitting final tenders for either NLWA’s waste services or fuel use contracts’.

Sarah Colborne, Director of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said:
Veolia’s bid for this waste contract which covers a vast area of North London was deeply controversial, with local residents outraged that such a toxic company could potentially provide services to them. Veolia is complicit in Israeli violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Veolia operates bus services to illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land, is involved with the Jerusalem Light Railway which was designed to serve the needs of Israeli settlers,and Tovlan landfill which operates in the Jordan Valley.
This decision comes after a recent report by Professor Richard Falk – the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories – in which Veolia was singled out for its activities in the Occupied Palestinian  Territories and after Palestine Solidarity Campaign members in the area have been actively campaigning against Veolia’s bid.

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