New waste, recycling and street cleaning contract to bring benefits for residents of East Northamptonshire31 May 2018 09:00
Never before has our waste and recycling been in the news so much, from single use plastic bottles and straws to ear buds, baby wipes and coffee cups, we are now all united in our desire to do better by the environment and our oceans. So it is timely that today East Northamptonshire Council has signed a new deal to better manage waste and recycling throughout the area and to help residents recycle more and waste and litter less.
The new seven year contract to provide rubbish, recycling and street cleaning services in the district has been signed by Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) and Paul Taylor, Group Chief Executive of FCC Environment (UK) Limited.
The new £20m contract, which will save council tax payers over £3m over the seven years, has a strong focus on high standards of customer service, and includes opportunities for the council and its new contractor FCC Environment to develop services in line with innovations emerging within the waste sector such as the potential use of alternative fuel vehicles during the life of the contract and potentially into an extension.
Residents will continue to receive the same fortnightly recycling and refuse collections as they currently do. If changes to collection days are necessary to improve efficiency, they will be communicated well in advance to avoid any confusion or inconvenience.
Trade waste will also continue to be collected in the same way and the Garden Waste Club remains open for residents to join to recycle their green waste.
The new contract will begin when the existing one expires at the end of July 2018.
Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said: “We’re committed to providing a reliable and convenient waste collection service which promotes recycling and represents value for money. This new contract will ensure we continue to deliver first-class waste collection and street cleaning services to our residents - who work hard to recycle as much as possible. Together, we will continue protecting our environment by sending more and more of our household waste for recycling."
Waste Services Manager, Charlotte Tompkins, added: “We will be collecting the same refuse and recycling in the same bins. Collections days may change to accommodate all the new houses built in the district and to allow us to ensure we are still using the most fuel efficient routes. Otherwise, it’s collection business as usual.”
Group Chief Executive of FCC Environment Paul Taylor said “FCC Environment is one of the UK’s leading waste and recycling businesses serving the needs of some 60 local authorities. We process 1.6 million tonnes of recycling each year and generate 102 MW of green energy from the waste that cannot be recycled. We are delighted to be binging our experience to residents of East Northamptonshire and look forward to working closely with the council to exceed the communities expectations.”
Staff employed by the current contractor, Kier will transfer to FCC. There are no expected redundancies. The council has used its own finances to purchase the fleet up front at the beginning of the contract. This is quite usual for public bodies and it helps to bring the annual collection costs down. It also reduces the amount of unnecessary interest the council pays.
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