Councils can save around £9m a year by working together on waste projects, according to a new report by Local Partnerships.
The report, Delivering Waste Efficiencies in the North East, looked at how 12 local authorities in the North East worked together on waste collection and disposal services.
Local Partnerships looked at projects carried out by the councils of Durham, Darlington, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, North Tyneside, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, South Tyneside, Stockton-on-Tees and Sunderland.
Areas where savings had been made included joint procurement, reconfiguration of rounds and waste partnerships.
Savings included £900,000 a year at County Durham after a putting in a route optimisation scheme, and £2m over a six-year contract at North Tyneside after the joint procurement of a recyclate processing contract with Newcastle City Council.
The report, which can be read here, follows similar reviews by Local Partnerships on London and the West Midlands.