Cabinet asked to consult on future of waste and recycling contract

Cabinet members are being asked to consult on a budget proposal which would see Peterborough City Council and Amey end their waste and recycling contract by mutual consent.

The city council entered into a 23-year contract with Enterprise Managed Services in March 2011 to deliver household waste and recycling collections, street cleaning, property design and maintenance, grounds maintenance and a range of other services. The partnership transferred to Amey in 2013 when it bought Enterprise.

However, in response to unprecedented challenges within local authority markets, cabinet is now being asked to end the partnership with Amey by mutual consent and to consider alternative options to provide waste services in the future.

It has not yet been determined how services will be provided in the future, but it is likely to be a joint venture partnership with another organisation. Any new arrangement will allow the council more control over how services are provided and ensure that a percentage of any income generated by services is returned to the council to provide services for residents.

It is one of a number of proposals being considered as part of the council’s phase two budget setting process, which Cabinet will be asked to agree to consult on at its meeting on Monday 6 February 2017.

Councillor Gavin Elsey, cabinet member for waste and street scene, said: “The financial position we find ourselves in is unprecedented and we are therefore constantly looking at how we provide services to ensure we are achieving best value for money and offering the best possible services for our residents.

“I would like to thank Amey for its commitment to providing services for the residents of Peterborough during the past five years. However, it has been clear for some time that our contract is no longer meeting either of our needs and is no longer compatible with the tough financial landscape we are operating in. 

“If this proposal is approved, we will look to provide the city’s waste services in a different way which will most likely involve setting up a joint venture partnership with another organisation.

“Regardless of the decision, residents should be assured that waste services will continue to run smoothly.

“We are also aware that this will be an uncertain time for Amey’s staff and we are committed to consulting with them on any proposed changes if cabinet and council approves the termination of the existing contract.”

It is predicted that providing waste and recycling services in a different way will save the council in the region of £100,000 a year.

The contract with Amey will continue until a new service provider is in place.

Residents will be able to comment on the proposal as part of the phase two budget consultation.

People can take part in the budget consultation from 5pm on Friday 27 January 2017 by visiting the consultation page.

Hard copies of the budget proposals document and questionnaire will be available on Town Hall and Bayard Place receptions and in each of the city's libraries by the formal launch of the consultation on Monday 6 February 2017.

Comments received up to 5pm on Thursday 23 February 2017 will be considered by Cabinet on Monday 27 February 2017. The consultation will close at 5pm on Monday 6 March 2017. Full Council will then consider the phase two proposals on Wednesday 8 March 2017.

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