Blackpool Council to re-take control of bin collections

Blackpool Council is to bring the town's bin collections back in-house
Blackpool Council is to bring the town's bin collections back in-house
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Bin collections in Blackpool look set to come back under the direct control of the council.

The town’s domestic waste contract was out-sourced in 2005 to a private company, but with that contract coming to an end in March 2019, the service is set to be brought back in-house.

Town hall chiefs say the move could save the council “in excess of six figures” a year on the £3.85m annual cost of the service.

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “With the financial situation we are in, we are looking to make savings where we can.

“We are looking for efficiency savings while ensuring the service is even better than it is now, and it may be that we can do it better by bringing the service in-house.”

The contract was awarded to Onyx in April 2005, and extended in 2010. Onyx later became part of Veolia.

A council report says: “Savings have been made in relation to the contract over the years, but Veolia has only offered these through service reductions.”

It adds recent cost analysis “has highlighted significant savings could be made.”

Coun Jackson said the decision to hand the service to a private company had been taken in 2005 at a time when the government was encouraging councils to outsource contracts.

At that time households in Blackpool were issued with three wheelie bins for general waste, garden waste and recyclable waste. as well as a bag for waste paper.

The service changed to the current alternate weekly collections with recyclables collected one week and non-recyclables the next week.

In future the service could be delivered in-house or by an arms-length management company.