New Waste Company Emptying Bins Set To Save Taxpayers £1 Million

A council’s new waste collection company is set to save taxpayers £1 million over the next four years.

Ansa, which already collects bins for Cheshire East Council, will carry out the same service across Biddulph, Leek, Cheadle and surrounding villages.

It will also deliver street cleansing, grounds maintenance and fleet management.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, which is in alliance with High Peak Borough Council, currently spends £8.2 million a year on these services and it is hoped the new arrangement will save at least £1 million over the next four years.

According to SMDC’s medium term financial plan, the joint venture will save the authority a total of £500,000 by 2020/21.

All current staff are set to be transferred to the new company as it is introduced on a phased basis over the next 18 months.

But council leaders insist residents will not notice any changes in the way the services are delivered.

Council leader Sybil Ralphs said: “Providing effective and efficient services for our residents and businesses is always the guiding factor for the council.

“We believe that pursuing this innovative partnership, which we expect to save £1.2m, offers the best value for money whilst safeguarding these essential services which people rely on.

“We are also mindful of the need to ensure the workforce is aware of and understands the changes and we will continue to engage with staff at every stage of this process as negotiations continue.”

Councillor Arthur Forrester, cabinet member for the environment, added: “Residents should not experience any changes to their services other than the welcome reduction in costs to the council as a result of a different company collecting their waste.

“Thanks to the efforts of people across the Moorlands we have seen an increase in the number of people recycling their waste at a time when rates nationally are falling.

“We want to see recycling rates continue to rise and we will be working closely with Ansa to ensure that we see improvements to both service and recycling performance.”

Cheshire East Council set up Ansa as an arm’s length company to provide its environmental services in 2014.

The council says Ansa has achieved a 90 per cent public satisfaction rate for waste collection, with 55 per cent of domestic waste in the borough being recycled – above the English average of 44 per cent.

Councillor John Hammond, chairman of Ansa, said: “This arrangement is a glowing reflection on the reputation of Ansa as a company that seeks to achieve the highest standards of service for its commissioning authorities and for council taxpayers in all three boroughs.

“We look forward to a long and successful working partnership.”

Hilda Shelton, chairwoman of Biddulph in Bloom and district councillor, hopes the new arrangement will maintain the current service standards.

She said: “Times are changing and councils are having to look at new ways of working to become more efficient.

“I think it is a good service at the moment. There is the danger that partnership working like this can get too big, but I would think that it will be the same people collecting the bins in Biddulph under this new arrangement.”

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