Warwickshire County Council is to turn day-to-day running of two of its household waste recycling centre (HWRCs) over to the third sector.
Up to two community groups will run HWRCs in Stockton and Wellesbourne, while the council will maintain the operational side of the facilities and the removal of skips.
Under the arrangement, the HWRC will be leased to the community group, or groups. The Wellesbourne facility will operate seven days a week, while Stockton will operate on reduced days which have yet to be confirmed.
A council spokesman told MRW that the requirement for community ownership of HWRCs came about from budget reductions, which required a saving of £800,000 at all nine of the county’s HWRC sites by 2012.
Warwickshire council portfolio holder for sustainable communities and chair of the Warwickshire Waste Partnership Alan Cockburn, said: “We are particularly excited about delivering the Government’s Big Society vision by welcoming the voluntary sector to help run two of our sites in the community.
“This will be the one of the first such schemes in the country. We are proud that we have managed to secure an agreement with an organisation which will mean that we can keep open all our existing recycling centres and maintain a seven-day a week service at eight of the nine sites.”
Although the council has not net revealed the identities of the organisations involved, a spokesman told MRW that the two were “not specifically waste related”.