New waste collection deal promises £2 million saving

COUNCIL taxpayers are promised savings of more than £2 million a year from Woking and Surrey Heath councils, combining their waste collection contracts with two other boroughs.

ameywastelorryResidents will also benefit from improved rubbish and recycling collections when the new contract starts.

Woking and Surrey Heath have combined with Elmbridge and Mole Valley in a joint 10-year agreement with the giant Amey waste disposal conglomerate.

The new collections will have a staggered start date depending on when each council’s current contract ends.

Elmbridge will be the first, in June 2017, followed by Woking in September, Surrey Heath in February 2018 and Mole Valley in August 2018.

Residents will continue to receive the same fortnightly recycling and rubbish collections as they do currently, with weekly food waste collections. The popular garden waste collection service will also be retained.

Improvements include:

  • A weekly collection of clothes, home textiles and small electricals.
  • An improved bulky waste service, including a collection from inside homes.
  • New collection vehicles that have enhanced safety features such as 360 degree cameras.
  • The introduction of technology that will give residents the latest information on their collection.

Woking ’s Portfolio Holder for Waste & Recycling, Councillor Beryl Hunwicks, said: “This is a great result for the residents of Woking and the three other Surrey councils in the contract.”

Cllr Vivienne Chapman, Chairman of the Joint Waste Collection Services Committee and Surrey Heath’s Portfolio Holder for Community, added: “By working together, we’re able to deliver an improved waste and recycling collection service, while freeing up substantial sums of money to spend on the services people value the most.”

The contract covers all aspects of waste including household rubbish, recycling, garden waste, recycling banks, clinical waste, replacement bins and the opportunity to introduce a commercial service.

It will also include street cleaning and associated activities including street sweeping, bin emptying, weed control, graffiti removal, and fly-tipping and fly-posting clearance.

The first contract of its kind in Surrey, it has been part funded by the Surrey Waste Partnership and supported by Surrey County Council as the waste disposal authority.

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