Council to stick with current refuse collection company

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Harborough District Council will continue to use the current contractor to provide its environmental services after accepting an improved contract offer.

At a special executive meeting yesterday (Monday), the council accepted a revised contract which will see FCC Environment continue to run the service – which includes bin collections, recycling, street cleaning and grounds maintenance – until March 2023.

The new offer is an improvement on the one out before councillors earlier this month and is expected to lead to an additional £700,000 of savings.

The council announced earlier this month that it would put its environmental services out to tender as part of a controversial cost-saving exercise that will see seasonal charges for green bin collection, a fortnightly alternate collection of the black bin and blue-lidded recycling bin and the removal of the separate paper caddy.

The new contract means the council will no longer need to start the tendering process.

FCC Environment Services has also committed to investing in new vehicles which are more environmentally friendly.

Councillor Phil King, deputy leader of the council, said: “Recent changes in the funding available for waste collection meant that the council needs to balance the desire to continue the current service, highly regarded by the public, and an £8 million budget pressure by 2022/23.

“Working with our current partner, FCC Environment, we have secured a significantly improved offer that clearly demonstrates value for money.”