Council cuts out the middle man: brings waste collection back in-house

Published: 11 March 2019

The council has unveiled new plans to bring waste collections back in-house by ending its contract with Amey and creating a new council-owned company to manage and deliver services.

Ending the contract and bringing the bin collection service in-house will mean the council finally has complete control over waste collections, rather than relying on a private contractor. This also gives the council more freedom to redesign and improve services to better serve residents.

All current staff will be retained and transfer to the new council-owned company on the same terms and conditions.

The Leader of the Council, Cllr Jas Athwal commented: “We pledged to bring our bin collection back in-house at the last election and we are delivering on that promise. This is a huge win for the borough as it ends our reliance on a private company – reducing bureaucracy and providing a better deal for the workers, for our residents, and for the council. We’re saving money and improving the service.”

Cllr John Howard, Cabinet Member for Civic Pride said: “Creating a Local Authority Company means we can both reduce our costs during times of austerity and keep control of the services we run and manage.  It also gives us the opportunity to trade these services and create valuable income for other frontline services.”

 

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