Veolia Environmental Services seven year contract with High Peak Borough Council, the home of Buxton, will bring about greater efficiency and expertise to its waste and recycling services, according to a council official.
From April 1 2008, Veolia will take over the councils role and provide a waste and recycling service to around 90,000 residents.
Speaking to MRW executive member for the environment councillor John Haken said: With this contract we will save around £114,000 a year especially in terms of operation. For instance, Veolia has a lot more lorries [waste] than we do, if one of their lorries breaks down they can bring other lorries to help with waste operations. Veolia has an operational advantage over us and it also deals with neighbouring areas, so if some staff gets sick then we can always call on staff from these areas.
Veolia can bring their expertise, operations and efficiency to the table it all adds up.
The new contract will support the councils binnovation scheme, an alternate weekly collection of residual and green waste bins. There will also be a fortnightly collection of glass, paper and cans. However, the authority does not yet offer a kerbside collection of plastic bottles but is hoping to offer this service in the future.