All change for refuse collection across Wealden

A joint waste and street cleaning service has been agreed by Wealden District Council.

A joint waste contractor to cover four councils in the area has been agreed by Wealden District Council.

Last week Wealden’s cabinet decided on the appointment of a refuse, recycling and street cleaning contractor for the district.

This is expected to increase recycling rates to 50 per cent and widen the range of recyclable items collected at the kerbside.

Wealden District Council is the first to decide upon a contractor but the successful bidder will be responsible for delivering waste services to residents living in Eastbourne, Hastings and Rother too. Eastbourne, Hastings and Rother will also soon decide on which bidder they wish to appoint. The winning contractor will then be named later in the month in line with EU procurement rules.

The contract will begin in Eastbourne and Wealden in April 2013 with the remaining two councils following on as their current contracts come to an end.

Bob Standley, leader of Wealden District Council, said, “The new joint waste contract will continue the high levels of service enjoyed by our residents and I am pleased that all our front line operators in refuse and street cleaning will transfer to the new contractor under the TUPE regulations.

“Wealden has in the past been a leader in recycling and this contract will further raise recycling rates and over the term of the contract save Wealden taxpayers more than £7.5 million. Across the whole partnership the saving for the East Sussex taxpayer is £29 million.”

There was initial interest from 26 organisations wanting to win the bid. This was narrowed down to three companies in the last stage of the procurement process.

Councillor Rowena Moore, cabinet member for waste management, said, “These have been assessed both for quality of service provision and value for money.”

The council will still be accountable for the service and any enquiries about collections and missed bins will continue to be handled by the council.

Wealden will continue to have its fortnighly collections.

However back in May, Eastbourne Borough Council guaranteed the town would continue to have its rubbish collected on a weekly basis.

Following Wealden’s decision last week, Cllr Standley added, “We want to be sure we are delivering a high quality service for our residents.”