Council saves jobs at struggling recycling firm

We have today announced that we will be taking over the collection of our burgundy bins after the contractor we used went into administration.

Residents will not see any changes to their collections as we have secured the vehicles and transferred recycling collection staff previously used by the contractors to ensure the service continues uninterrupted.

Council Leader, Steve Fritchley said, “The key things to me were that we first of all made sure the service continues for the benefit of our residents, but secondly that we kept people in employment and secured their jobs. We have managed to do both these things in a matter of days and we can now look to develop the service and provide more recycling opportunities for our residents.

“In discussions I had last year I iterated then that we needed a Plan B which was to bring this service in-house and deliver it using our own staff. This now gives us that opportunity to look at the service, see how it is being delivered and see what changes we can make to improve it.

“I am a big believer in ensuring public services are delivered by the Council. And this is another example of how we are delivering what we say we will, protecting jobs for local people and developing a much-needed service.”

Cabinet Member for Streetscene, Councillor Deborah Watson said, “Once it became clear that our recycling contractor was to cease operating we had to act extremely quickly to enable our residents to continue to recycle as much of their waste as possible without any interruption to this service, as it is so highly valued by the people of Bolsover District.

“Now we have swiftly secured this continuation of the service, our main focus will be on improving the standard of our burgundy bin collections and a strong commercial focus will ensure optimum efficiency and value for money for the residents of our District. As always, we appreciate the sterling efforts of our residents in continuing to recycle their waste correctly.”

Burgundy bin collections will continue as normal and residents are asked to make sure their bins presented at the kerbside at 6am on their scheduled collection day. Please refer to the recycling calendars delivered to households in November 2020 and you can also sign up for email waste and recycling alerts to be sent straight to your email inbox.

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