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The London Borough of Tower Hamlets ditches its outsourcing contract with Veolia

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets is to take its waste collection, recycling and street cleansing service in-house from April 2020, ditching its outsourcing contract with Veolia. Mayor John Biggs said “this marks the first step in the council’s move towards the delivery of an improved service. It follows on from our recent waste consultation, which generated a huge range of responses from local people and businesses. It’s an important decision and one I’m determined we get right for our residents and the staff involved. I am committed to keeping our streets clean, increasing recycling and making the borough cleaner and greener.” Nearly 50% of contracts are due to expire by the end of 2019.

Source: Materials Recycling World

A Company At The Center Of Flint’s Water Crisis Is On The Shortlist To Serve Millions In Africa

In Lagos, Veolia is being considered alongside three other companies for the flagship Adiyan II contract, per the Lagos Water Corporation, which would hand over almost two-thirds of the city’s water system to the winning bidder. Veolia, which is the world’s largest water company, is under investigation in at least three different countries, including an complaint filed by the state of Michigan for its role in overlooking contaminants in Flint’s pipes and making the situation worse. “They have a history of poisoning black communities in the US, and they should not be poisoning the largest African city on the continent,” one activist said. [BuzzFeed News]

Source: BuzzFeed News

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Conflict of interest: how corporations that profit from privatisation are helping write UN standards on PPPs Briefing by Public Services International to UNECE Working Party on PPPs

The UNECE Working Party on PPPs is attempting to create guiding principles and international standards on PPPs. With this in mind, the UNECE established a Roster of PPP Experts, “open to PPP practitioners with relevant experience in delivering PPP programmes” 5 to serve as advisors and enablers for the process. An analysis of this Roster conducted by PSI found that 190 of the 360 “Experts” named on the roster, come from the private sector; civil society representation is virtually non-existent; workers and unions, who have first hand experience in dealing with PPPs and face the consequence of failures, are entirely missing from the list of experts and advisory functions...PSI also presented a series of brief case studies on the practices of companies represented on the UNECE Roster of PPP Experts and Business Advisory Board, examining their past involvement in PPPs and analysing aspects of their financial practices.


Public risks, private profits.VEOLIA environment. Profiles of Canada’s public-private partnership industry.

New research exposes the risks of privatizing Canada’s water and wastewater systems by entering into public-private partnerships with one of the world’s biggest corporations. The in-depth profile of water multinational Veolia Environment is the second in a series produced jointly by CUPE and the Polaris Institute.The Public risks, private profits series is an important tool for communities challenging P3s.

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