Council takes back control of waste collections services

Published: 12 August 2019

  • Redbridge Council cuts out the middle-man by taking waste management back in-house: upgrading service, reducing costs, and improving working conditions for staff

The council has ended its relationship with its waste management contractor Amey, to deliver the borough’s collection services in-house. 

Cabinet Member Cllr John Howard joined forces with staff at Ley Street Depot to launch the new and improved service. 

Until this summer the council were tied into a 12 year contract with a private waste management company.

Ending the contract means the council now has complete control over waste and recycling collections, rather than relying on a private contractor, giving the council more freedom to redesign and improve services to better serve residents and staff. 

The Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal commented: “Breaking free of our old contract with a private company is a huge achievement for the council.

“Bringing our waste management back into public sector control will hugely improve our service while guaranteeing better working conditions and pay for our staff and reducing costs for the taxpayer.

“It is a win for everyone involved and I am so pleased to be able to deliver this result for residents and staff.”

Cllr Howard said: “We promised our residents to bring bin collections back under our control and we have delivered on that pledge. This is a huge step for our residents, staff and the council, and helps ensure our streets are kept clean and green. 

“Not only are we ending our reliance on the private sector, we’re now able to improve the service by direct control of how its run and managed. 

“I’d like to thank all the staff involved who managed a smooth transfer of the service and I’m looking forward to seeing the huge difference this is going to make for the borough.”

The council has worked closely with the Unions throughout this process and all of the council’s previous contractor, Amey’s, former staff have been kept on.

 

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