New partnership to manage waste collection in Surrey

It has been announced that Joint Waste Solutions will oversee waste collection across four Surrey councils and save around £2.5 million a year.

In December 2016, Amey was awarded the contract to manage waste collections for the councils in Elmbridge, Woking, Surrey Heath and Mole Valley. The original project to explore a joint contract was initiated and part funded by the Surrey Waste Partnership which consists of the county council and all 11 district and borough councils.

The four councils will see their existing waste services combined within the new organisation, with the framework constructed so that other councils can join it at a later date. The contract covers all aspects of waste collection including household waste, recycling, food waste, garden waste, bring banks, clinical waste, bulky waste, replacement bins and the opportunity to introduce a commercial waste service.

Newly appointed director Matt Smyth, who facilitated the project team that procured the new contract as chairman of the Surrey Waste Partnership, highlighted how working collaboratively is the best way to ‘realise savings while maintaining an excellent service for our residents’.

Elmbridge will be the first to change to the new contract from 3 June followed by Woking from 11 September. It will be rolled out to Surrey Heath and Mole Valley in 2018.

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