Liverpool City Council has awarded Enterprise-Liverpool a multi-million pound seven year contract for kerbside collection in an effort to boost recycling rates.
The bid-winning company is a partnership between Liverpool City Council and infrastructure manager Enterprise. It will take over from Veolia Environmental Services which has held the contract since 1991.
In the past year the council has revamped its recycling system to drive up collection rates. A council spokeswoman said: We were at the bottom of the rates. Veolia Environmental Services provided a wheelie bin service and with that we have reached a 22% recycling rate. They have done great things. But looking ahead we wanted to do more and we felt that Enterprise-Liverpool offered more opportunity to push the rate up, especially with its bank holiday collections.
The 300 staff currently working for Veolia will transfer to Enterprise-Liverpool when the contract starts in early November.
Residents have been reassured that weekly collections of purple bin household waste will continue. But the council said residents should expect improvements in their services in the first 18 months.
Improvements include the introduction of bank holiday collections and a weekly blue box recycling service, which will be rolled out to 31,000 terraced properties. Under the new contract collection vehicles will be fitted with real time information technology so residents enquiries about services can be answered immediately.
A scheme to check passageways at the rear of terraced houses on the same day as their household bins are collected will also be initiated to ensure the areas remain clean.
Improvements to trade waste service will take place to encourage businesses to dispose of their waste effectively and efficiently.
Image: Blue bins rolled out across Liverpool in February this year