Two Hertfordshire councils are taking a further step towards introducing a new joint waste collection contract.
The joint contract between North Hertfordshire district council (NHDC) and East Hertfordshire council (EDC) was initially agreed in July 2016, as a move to reduce the cost of providing waste and recycling services to residents.
Before a contract is awarded, both councils are offering residents the opportunity to give their views on some of the options that are being considered.
The results of the survey will be used to help councillors in both councils to decide which contract options to go for. The joint contract, is expected to be awarded later this year and could commence in May 2018.
Currently, both councils operate alternate fortnightly waste collections of mixed recycling and non-recyclable waste with Veolia.
Cllr Lynda Needham, leader of NHDC said: “We know that the majority of residents feel that waste, recycling and street cleansing are the most important services that the council provides. That’s why it’s really important that we seek your views now to help Councillors make a decision on which contract options to go for.
“As councils are under severe financial pressure, there will clearly be some difficult decisions ahead, but both North and East Hertfordshire Councils are committed to continuing to provide a high quality waste, recycling and street cleansing service.”
“Waste collection and recycling are hugely important to residents in East and North Herts, which is why we are asking for their views on the future of these services.”
East Hertfordshire council
East Herts council leader Linda Haysey said: “Waste collection and recycling are hugely important to residents in East and North Herts, which is why we are asking for their views on the future of these services.
“With the current contract coming to an end, we have a real opportunity to make a difference, and our residents have the chance to influence the decisions being made to ensure they get the right service for their needs, so I would encourage all residents in East and North Herts to take a few moments to complete this short survey.”
In December 2014, the councils agreed to a proposal to develop a business case for a joint waste collection and street cleansing service – which covers the towns of Hitchin, Bishop’s Stortford and Hertford. (see letsrecycle.com story)
Following East Herts (EHDC) council agreeing to the project in July 2016, at a North Hertfordshire district council (NHDC) cabinet meeting on 26 July councilors agreed to proceed with a joint service and contract.
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