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New contract set to cut costs for Leicestershire

A new contract for delivering infrastructure, including recycling and household waste sites, has been announced by Leicestershire County Council.

The agreement, which is hoped will save the council money over the next four years, will be delivered by one company, G F Tomlinson and Sons.

The proposed schemes will provide better recycling facilities including a new recycling and household waste site on the edge of Mountsorrel, Leicestershire.

Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for waste management Tony Kershaw said: This contract arrangement makes sure that we get value for money.

The council has also announced that it is currently carrying out an audit of its waste to gain an up-to-date picture of the type and amounts of materials thrown away.

Rubbish from 250 homes across Leicestershire will be collected over the next two weeks and its contents analysed before being recycled and disposed of as normal by the council.

This is the second survey of its kind to be carried out in Leicestershire, the first one being done in 2007/2008, and it takes the form of a four-season analysis with the same process already having taken place in the autumn and winter of 2009 and it will be repeated again in July.

The survey is being carried out in conjunction with Waste Works and should give both the county and district councils in the area an idea of what materials are still going to landfill when they could be recycled.

A spokesman for the council said: We will be able to do a comparison with last times results and see if people are getting better at recycling.

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