New waste contract to save council £6m

SAVINGS of almost six million pounds are to be made by the council after a new contract for waste collection begins.

At a meeting of the Hastings Borough Council cabinet on Monday (October 8), it was agreed that an as yet unnamed contractor will take on waste collection in the town from July 2013.

The contractor is expected to offer better waste, recycling and cleansing services, and will save the council £5.8 million over 10 years.

Hastings Borough Council has been working with Rother District Council, Eastbourne Borough Council, and Wealden District Council, with a view to entering a joint waste contract since June 2011.

Lead member for environmental services councillor Phil Scott explained: “We have been working with Wealden, Eastbourne and Rother councils for some time now to enter into a single joint waste collection contract.

“The outcome is, quite simply, staggering. When the new contract starts, in July next year, we will get a waste collection service for far less money, saving Hastings council taxpayers around £6 million over the next 10 years.

“But it is not just cheaper, it is better too - local residents will be able to recycle more, including glass, and more plastic and tetrapaks, and we will get a better response to dog fouling, which we know is important to local residents.

“This really does represent an incredible result, and I would like to thank most sincerely the colleagues involved here and across the other local authorities for what they have achieved, it really is a win-win for everybody.”

A four-month mobilisation period from the start date of the contract is to allow the contractor to deal with matters including route planning and introduction of new services.