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Norwich City Council and administrators are close to deal on recycling services

Norwich City Council said it is close to finalising a deal which will ensure residents continue to have their bins emptied despite contractor Connaught going into administration last week.

The council has been working with administrator KPMG, and it looks likely that a number of key contracts previously delivered by Connaught Partnerships will be transferred to Connaught Environmental – a separate company which continues to trade normally and on a profitable and standalone basis.

Refuse and recycling services in Norwich have been subcontracted by Connaught to Verdant since April, and a statement on the council’s website confirms that Verdant will continue to deliver these services.

Council leader Steve Morphew said: “We’re making real progress and this will help to further reassure residents. Their bins will continue to get collected, streets will keep being cleaned, grass will be cut and emergency housing repairs will be completed.

“This deal would do a number of things – secure over 200 jobs, benefit a local contractor and put us on the right path to continue our discussions with the administrator.”

Connaught Environmental is likely to take responsibility for waste, refuse, recycling, grounds and tree maintenance. The council and administrators are still to decide on the future of the housing repairs division of the Connaught Partnerships business.

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