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Surrey councils launch new partnership

The new organisation to oversee waste collection across four Surrey councils has been unveiled as Joint Waste Solutions (JWS).

This follows the announcement in December that Amey had won the contract to jointly serve Elmbridge, Woking, Surrey Heath and Mole Valley and save an anticipated £2.5m a year.

matt smyth

matt smyth

The organisation will be led by its new director, Matt Smyth (pictured), who joins from Surrey County Council. Smyth had been chairman of the Surrey Waste Partnership when it facilitated the project team that procured the new contract.

There are also plans for some of the county council’s waste functions to also be added to JWS later this year. The contract framework has been established to enable other councils to join later.

“I firmly believe that working together is the best way to realise savings while maintaining an excellent service for our residents,” said Smyth.

The contract covers household waste, recycling, food waste, garden waste, bring banks, clinical waste, bulky waste, replacement bins and the opportunity for a commercial waste service. It will also include street cleaning and associated activities.

The new service will include the introduction of a weekly collection of textiles and waste electrical and electronic equipment, as well as an improved bulky waste collection service.

Elmbridge will be the first to change to the new contract from 3 June followed by Woking from 11 September. It will be rolled out to Surrey Heath and Mole Valley in 2018.

The four authorities currently have a recycling rate of 55% of waste and JWS expects to see this improve.

joint waste solutions logo

joint waste solutions logo

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