10 December 2013

The way Northamptonshire County Council runs its household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) is set to be reviewed as the authority makes further financial savings.

What is the proposal?

The council is proposing to review the service, which currently provides 10 HWRCs across the county, in a bid to save £1million over the next five years, with £250,000 saved in 2014/2015.

This would include looking at the future viability of each site, the feasibility of charging fees for using the sites, and a review of current opening hours and days. The outcome of this study will be subject to its own separate consultation.

Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “Our waste management service at the county council has made an enormous effort over the past few years to make efficiency savings and, indeed, this work is still continuing.

“However further efficiencies are needed to help meet the financial challenge the county council faces over the next five years.

“The scale of the county council’s financial challenge is huge. Over the next five years we need to save £128 million pounds; this is on top of the £177million which has already been saved since April 2011.

“Across all council services most of the savings have been achieved by reducing back-office costs and finding efficiencies but some tough decisions have had to be made.

“The county council is committed to reducing the amount of waste being sent to landfill and is still providing a HWRC service.

“We’ve thought long and hard about the best way to reach this stage and we’ve still got some work to do before we make the final proposals about changes to each specific site.”

The full budget proposals are available at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/draftbudget