06 January 2010

A new contract governing the running of the county’s household waste recycling centres will ensure the service develops over the next 15 years to tackle environmental challenges ahead.

Northamptonshire County Council has selected Enterprise Managed Services (EMS) as its preferred bidder for the household waste recycling centre (HWRC) management contract.

The management of waste is becoming increasingly expensive with high, unavoidable future costs being faced by the county council as a result of recent changes in legislation.

Cllr Heather Smith, county council cabinet member for environment, growth and transport, said: “Carrying on putting the same amount of waste in landfill really isn’t an option for us as not only is this disastrous environmentally, but because of new legislation, is becoming increasingly expensive.

“We’re confident that this new contract, which will be over 15 years, is the best one to take us forward to meet the challenges that lie ahead and bring about more recycling in Northamptonshire.

“We will see a great many changes over the next 15 years and there will be a number of improvements to our recycling centres, which will bring benefits to everyone.”

The new contract will start on April 1, 2010 and from then onwards there will be a series of changes to the 10 recycling centres across Northamptonshire.

These include:

  • Revised and enhanced site layout changes within the first year of the contract to encourage recycling and reuse.
  • Re-development of the sites to address population increase over the course of the 15 year contract. This will include general infrastructure changes at sites and the upgrading of four single level sites to split level along with the addition of multi-lane off-loading at: – Towcester, Wellingborough, Ecton and Corby.
  • Enhanced and expanded small-scale commercial waste services at four sites – Ecton, Sixfields, Kettering and Rushden HWRCs (currently just Ecton).
  • A ‘meet and greet’ service at the centres so that people can be assisted in locating where the correct bins are.
  • The creation of off-site shops for reuse items, which can be bought, freeing-up room at the sites to provide more recycling services.
  • Wollaston HWRC will become a waste-free recycling centre. No non-recyclable (i.e. black bag) waste will be accepted on the site.
  • To provide a more cost effective service EMS propose the following changes in times when the sites are open to the public:
    • longer opening hours in summer (April-Sept) 8am to 8pm (12 hours) and longer winter times (Oct-Mar) 8am-6pm (10 hours)
    • Five sites would be open seven days a week - Kettering, Rushden, Sixfields, Ecton and Daventry.
    • Five sites would be operated five days a week (to include weekends and all peak periods) – Brixworth, Corby, Towcester, Wellingborough and Wollaston.