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First year of waste contract hailed a success

13 Jun 2016 10:02

A waste contract which is saving South Ribble Borough Council millions of pounds of taxpayer’s money is celebrating its first year of success.

In the last 12 months alone, FCC Environment has collected a staggering five million wheelie bins on behalf of the council – with a missed collection rate of significantly less than one per cent.

The new contract is set to save £4.2 million over the course of seven years – a grand total of £600,000 a year.

And, the only change residents will have seen is a different name on the side of the state-of-the-art fleet of wagons.

Councillor Peter Mullineaux, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Neighbourhoods and Street Scene, said: “There’s always a concern when you change contractor on this scale that there could be teething problems, but I’m extremely pleased to say our residents are enjoying the same first class service – in fact I bet many haven’t even noticed! That’s really impressive when the changes result in us saving hundreds of thousands of pounds each year. FCC really has implemented the new contract in a professional and seamless way.

“The council works hard to ensure we’re getting real value for money right across the board and we look to make savings where we can while protecting frontline services and continuing to invest in our borough. That hard work also means that we have been able to freeze council tax year-on-year which is important for our residents.”

During the course of the last year, the council has invested £1 million into creating a fleet of hi-tech waste collection vehicles which have on-board systems to ensure residents receive the very best level of service.

Despite the substantial savings, no jobs were lost as a result of the change in contract – which employs more than 40 members of full-time staff.

Interestingly, bin men working on the FCC contract in South Ribble can walk up to 15 miles a day!

Celebrating the success of the first year, Stuart Mander, Regional Director at FCC, said: “We are delighted to see such positive feedback from South Ribble Borough Council and we look forward to continuing to work together in the future to deliver an effective and efficient service.”

FCC will help coordinate a change in waste collections which is set to be rolled out over the coming weeks.

Due to cuts announced by Lancashire County Council, mixed food and garden waste will no longer be collected together and separate food waste collections from terraced properties will cease from the end of June.

Garden waste collections in the brown bins will continue as normal.

Information postcards and stickers on wheelie bins are set to be circulated within the coming weeks to advise residents of what the changes will mean for them.

left to right: Stuart Mander and Paul Taylor of FCC Environment, Councillor Peter Mullineaux, South Ribble Borough Council cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Street Scene, Mike Nuttall Chief Executive, and Mark Gaffney Director of Neighbourhoods, Asset Management & Environmental Health.

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