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Norse backed for council contract

Daventry bin collections

Norfolk County Council’s Norse Commercial Services is in pole position to operate waste and recycling services for Daventry District Council in Northamptonshire.

Following public consultation last summer, Daventry decided to introduce a new collection system when the current contract with Amey/Enterprise, which began in 2011, ends in June 2018.

The council wants a weekly food waste collection, a two-weekly recycling collection using a full-size wheelie bin and a three-weekly residual waste collection. It will also offer a chargeable fortnightly garden waste collection service.

Now it is considering four options for delivering these services:

  • An external contractor, similar to the current arrangement with Amey/Enterprise
  • Running the services in-house (as before 2011) or through a Teckal company controlled by the council
  • A joint venture, with shared ownership and control between the council and a company that would deliver the services
  • An in-house service shared with one or more councils

The option recommended by officers because of cost, quality and affordability is for a joint venture between the council and Norse Commercial Services, which already provides services for 12 other local authorities including Wellingborough.

It is also considering proposals to delegate litter-picking in urban areas to parish councils, 10 of which have expressed an interest.

The environmental services options will be discussed by the council’s strategy group on 9 February. They are then scheduled to be presented to council on 23 February.

Norse signed a £6.5m a year, 10-year, deal to managing processing of dry recyclable materials from seven district, borough and city councils in Norfolk in October 2014.

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