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Council dissolves Biffa partnership with neighbour

Winchester City Council must find a waste contractor at only a year’s notice after East Hampshire District Council dissolved a seven-year partnership.

The two neighbouring councils have had their waste and recycling service run by Biffa since 2011, but the deal expires in September 2019.

A paper for councillors from East Hampshire leader Richard Millard said the council had instead decided to work with another neighbour, Havant Borough Council, which uses contractor Norse SE.

Millard’s paper said: “We are working closely with our existing contractors to ensure our residents receive the best possible service during this last year of the contract.”

A Winchester spokesperson said the authority would being going out to tender shortly.  

”Following a review of the council’s current joint waste contract arrangements with East Hampshire District Council, the two local authorities have decided to adopt different approaches to waste services from 1 October 2019.

“Winchester City Council has used the review as an opportunity to reassess the contract and consult with its residents to understand how it can improve the service it provides while getting best value for money.

 ”As part of the procurement exercise, the council will be looking to add glass kerbside collection to the list of items already collected to help improve the district’s recycling rate.”

 

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