Joint Waste Solutions is a new organisation which has been formed to manage waste services for four Surrey councils and develop initiatives to improve recycling performance across the county.
This includes managing a joint waste collection contract with Amey which is now operating in Elmbridge, Surrey Heath and Woking and will roll out to Mole Valley in 2018. This will save around £2.5 million a year while maintaining high quality services.
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 can also provide a commercial waste service. Other services include street cleaning and associated activities such as street sweeping, bin emptying, weed control, graffiti clearance, and fly-tipping and fly-posting removal.
In addition Joint Waste Solutions works with councils across Surrey on a range of activities to reduce waste and increase recycling, after this function was transferred from the county council. These include aligning waste and recycling policies; providing tools and information to make it easier for residents to recycle; educating primary school children on the importance of recycling; and providing residents with discounted compost bins and cloth nappy trial kits.
The idea of joining up waste services was first explored by the Surrey Waste Partnership which includes the 11 district and borough councils that are responsible for collecting waste and recycling and Surrey County Council, which is responsible for disposing of it.
It was identified that four councils were coming to the end of their waste collection contracts within about a year of each other, giving them an opportunity to work as partners and jointly procure a contract that would provide an efficient and economic service. The contract has been procured so that the other Surrey councils have the opportunity to join as it progresses.