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Councils to decide on shared waste service

Councillors on two Cambridgeshire authorities are due to decide on a new shared waste service that could save them £700,000 a year.

The proposal would see the waste and recycling teams of South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council overseen by a single management and support structure.

If the plan is approved, annual cost savings of £350,000 would be achieved within 12 months and £700,000 within three years.

As part of the plans, Cambridge council’s team would relocate to South Cambridgeshire’s depot in Waterbeach, which is next to AmeyCespa’s centre where waste from black, green and blue bins from both councils is currently tipped.

South Cambridgeshire members debate the proposal on 16 October while their counterparts from Cambridge will debate it on 17 October.

Cllr Peter Roberts, Cambridge’s executive councillor for environment, waste and public health, said: “A good quality waste collection and recycling service for the city is so important and by joining forces with South Cambridgeshire we can maintain and improve our service whilst achieving significant savings that are necessary given that we have less money overall.”

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