Harborough to seek new environmental services contractor

Harborough District Council's Executive committee agreed on 7 September that a new contractor should be sought to provide its environmental services, including grounds maintenance, bin collections, recycling and street cleaning.

The council, in Leicestershire, plans to tender for the service in October with the intention of a new contract starting in April 2017.

Over the summer the council asked residents for their views on its environmental services. Residents reportedhigh levels of satisfaction with the current frequency of collection, cleanliness of streets and maintenance of parks and open space.

However the combination of austerity, the loss of recycling credits, and a reduced market price on the sale of recycling materials mean the council now must review its environmental service contract. Harborough aims to make savings rising up to £1.4m per year from 2018/19.

Proposed changes include combining paper collection with other recyclables, and charging for green waste collection. 

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