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Cory comes to aid of Epping Forest

With its waste management contractor in financial difficulty, Epping Forest Council has transferred operations to Cory Environmental Municipal Services (CEMS).

South Herts Waste Management (SHWM) was recently placed in administration by the High Court, with CEMS now inheriting its duties for an initial period of three months while the council considers its long-term options.

With rumours of difficulties at SHWM intensifying over the past few months, Cabinet members had met in private to discuss contingency plans for providing continuity of domestic waste collection, recycling and street cleansing services.

Epping Forest District Council leader, councillor John Knapman said: “Councillors were becoming increasingly concerned about the standard of service at SHWM. We could see the importance of having alternative plans for refuse collection in place.

“We had made sufficient contingency plans to move extremely quickly once the administration order was issued in the High Court.”

While CEMS operates refuse collection, recycling and cleansing contracts with other councils in the UK, including Southend Unitary Authority in Essex, the present move safeguards the jobs of the workforce, many of whom live locally.

CEMS head of development Lesley Letts said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to serve the residents of Epping Forest. Cory comes to this job with a vast amount of expertise and experience and we will work closely with the council in the coming weeks to affect a smooth transfer.

“Epping Forest already has a good record as one of the best recycling authorities in the country.

We are looking forward to building on that success and to provide a high quality service to residents.”

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