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Durham considers options for the future of its waste

Durham County Council is currently considering options for the future of its Local Authority Waste Disposal Company (LAWDC) as it attempts to restructure the county’s waste management services.

The changes come as the council recently bought its waste strategy up to date to reflect new performance targets which have been put in place since Durham became a unitary authority in 2009.

The council has appointed Ernst & Young to seek market interest in the commercial and industrial activities of the LAWDC, the principal operating company of which is Premier Waste Management.

Council corporate director for neighbourhood services Terry Collins said: “Premier Waste has been successful in building up a thriving commercial collection, recycling and landfill business throughout the north east, and has expanded into other regions.

“We are willing to discuss a range of proposals suggested by any interested parties. Durham is striving to develop high-quality, high-performing waste management services, and that means looking at all the options.”

It is expected that the LAWDC will soon lead a market engagement exercise with a view to procuring new contracts across a range of waste services in 2011.

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