The Norse Group will be providing domestic refuse collections for more than a million people when it adds a new waste service for Amber Valley in Derbyshire to its growing portfolio later this month.

The new long term partnership will go live on June 27 from its new depot based in Amber Valley with around 50 staff from current contractor Veolia transferring to Norse.

The new agreement means Norse will soon be providing waste collection services for more than a million residents in areas, including East Suffolk, Great Yarmouth, Wellingborough, Havant, Daventry, East Hampshire and Medway.

Norse will acquire a fleet of around 21 new refuse vehicles to service the contract, which also includes green waste and recyclable collections. Amber Valley is the largest district council in Derbyshire and has a population of more than 126,000 people.

Norse took over responsibility for refuse collection in Daventry in June 2018 in a 10-year agreement worth £50 million, which has already resulted in a big increase in recycling rates.

Justin Galliford as Norse Commercial Services Chief Operating Officer, said: “We have a proven track record of success in the waste collection arena, where we have shown we can deliver a very efficient and effective service for partnering authorities. I am confident we can build on this success and make further gains in this increasingly important field in the year ahead.”

Norse, which is 100% owned by Norfolk County Council, provides a range of services in England and Wales including facilities management, property services and residential care homes and employs more than 10,000 people.