Waste is just one of the services which could be shared between eight Scottish local authorities in a bid to save up to £70m over five years.
The Clyde Valley Community Planning Partnership (CVCPP) which includes West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire, Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, Glasgow, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire, has been exploring ways in which the councils can collaborate on certain services to generate significant savings.
All eight councils have agreed to prioritise shared services in Waste Management, Social Transport, Health and Social Care and Support Services, and outline business cases are being prepared.
The Waste Management proposals would see the shared use of new waste treatment facilities, joint arrangements for recycling, and the potential of Scottish Government funding for a Clyde Valley wide solution for residual waste that cannot be recycled, re-used or composted.
CVCPP chair Ronnie McColl said: “Every Council in Scotland is currently facing the most significant budget gap in living memory. The CVCPP shared services project will help contribute towards meeting that challenge, in a way that reduces the burden on the taxpayer and still provides good levels of service to the local community.
“All the Council Leaders and Chief Executives on the CVCPP are enthusiastic about the potential of shared services and its ability to help us provide first-rate services at the best possible value for our residents. I’m extremely optimistic that this pace of change and delivery will be maintained with the full agreement of the outline business cases at our next meeting in November.”