Options for how residents’ rubbish and recycling could be collected in the future will be discussed by councillors at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council next Wednesday (18 January).
The council pays a company to empty both the green and grey bins from homes in the borough. This contract is due to end in October 2018, therefore it is now time for the council to look at who should provide this service and the most efficient way to do this.
What should go into the future contract will be discussed by councillors at the Community Environment and Partnerships committee. This includes an option to collect rubbish bins fortnightly, alternating with the week the recycling bin is emptied, which would see a rise in the borough’s recycling rate and could also save up to £1 million a year.
The committee will be asked to give its views on what should be considered when re-letting the eight-year contract to collect the rubbish and recycling from almost 73,000 households. These comments will then help the council’s Cabinet to decide what should be tendered.
The council’s Cabinet Member for The Environment and Regulatory Services Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “We empty bins from almost 73,000 homes across the borough every week. It costs millions of pounds a year and we are currently re-letting the contract for the company to do this.
“This is an opportunity to look at how we can continue to provide the high levels of service that residents have told us they value but in a more efficient way and that will encourage people to recycle more and waste less.
“This new contract will last eight years with an option to extend for another eight years so this is even more reason to ensure that we explore every option to get the best value for residents now or in the future, as changes to the contract once it is in place could be costly.
“It would be wrong not to look at the service as a whole and consider all the options, especially given the size of this contract and the substantial savings the council will need to find in future. At this point, we don’t need to make any decision we just want to have all the facts and see if there is evidence to support any change.
“I am keen to understand any concerns and this process will include speaking to residents, so that any decision that is made is founded on a full appreciation of people’s needs and wishes as well as the practical and financial implications.”
For more information visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/waste-contract