Residents are set to receive improved waste and recycling services after Derbyshire Dales District Council awarded the waste and recycling collection contract to Serco whose environmental services business includes the delivery of refuse and recycling, street scene maintenance, landscaping, grounds maintenance, as well as housing repairs and improvements across a number of local authorities.
Following a competitive tender process, Serco's proposal to deliver waste and recycling services has been judged the best value for money approach to meet the needs and aspirations of Derbyshire Dales and its residents. With a total contract value of over £20 million over an initial eight year term, Serco will also be working with the District Council and the local community to promote the service to help increase recycling rates and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
A new weekly food waste collection service will be introduced in October. A simpler dry recycling service will see most residents saying goodbye to their blue box, allowing them to put all their glass, cans, paper, cardboard, plastics, aerosols, foil trays and beverage cartons into one new blue-lid wheeled bin.
And Dales residents who live in isolated areas and who have previously not had access to the recycling service will be given the opportunity to recycle for the first time.
Serco's Managing Director for environmental services, Mike Boult said, "We are delighted to have been selected to provide quality services to the residents of Derbyshire Dales. We look forward to working in partnership with local people to ensure those services meet the needs of the communities. We are confident that we will make recycling easier for residents and help the District Council achieve its recycling target. "Read more
Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said: "Local people have told us they want to recycle more and this exciting change means they can do that. It's the sort of initiative we like, reducing costs while improving one of our key services.
"There will of course be some initial teething problems - there always are on a project of this scale - but we know that this type of operation works extremely well in other areas. The message to Dales residents right now is that the big service change doesn't happen until October and in the meantime we will be communicating regularly through a variety of channels, including by post, to tell them exactly what to expect."
Further information is available online at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/waste with regular updates on the District Council's social media channels at www.twitter.com/derbyshiredales and www.facebook.com/derbyshiredales