Bins contract is clean and green

PRIVATISING bin collections will make Daventry a cleaner and greener place to live, the council has said.

Daventry District Council (DDC) confirmed this week that it will soon be working with Northampton Borough Council in a bid to make “significant financial savings and improve services”.

The new contract will see people’s bins collected by private firm, Enterprise Managed Services Ltd.

The council is currently in the process of finalising the deal which is expected to start in the summer and save DDC several million pounds - going some way to solving its budgetary black hole.

The new contract will see an appointment system for the collection of garden waste for people who currently use black or blue sacks for their domestic waste and who don’t have room for a wheeled bin.

Other changes will see assisted collections for residents who can’t get their bins to the kerb, communal recycling for flats and the arrangement of neighbourhood meetings, giving people the chance to raise their views with the contractor.

There will also be a new fleet of waste collection vehicles out on the streets.

Cllr Daniel Cribbin, environmental portfolio holder at DDC, said: “This new contract will offer real, tangible improvements to the services that residents receive.

“Not only will it reduce costs and enhance quality, it also involves significant investment to carry out these improvements, such as a new fleet of waste collection vehicles, all at no extra cost to the taxpayer.

“Although in the Daventry district recycling rates are already very good, the new arrangements will help us to build on this further as we will be able to collect more types of recyclable materials from households.

“It will also allow us to enhance our performance in other areas such as street cleaning, to make our environment a cleaner and greener place to live.”

Along with bin collections, the joint privatisation will also cover services like grounds maintenance, street sweeping and the rangers who look after Daventry Country Park.

Another aim of the contract is to improve parks and cemeteries and work with community groups to attain national recognition, such as Green Flag awards.

It’s not yet clear whether homes in the Daventry district will be given indoor food waste bins.

Cllr Cribbin added: “This process will achieve a better quality service for residents at a lower cost for both councils.”