A complete review of the way waste is collected, recycled and disposed of in the county will form part of Northamptonshire County Council budget proposals for 2015/2016.
Each year about 350,000 tonnes of municipal waste are processed in the county with nearly 46 per cent recycled and composted and the remaining residual waste treated or landfilled.
The collection, recycling and disposal of waste as a whole in Northamptonshire costs approximately £40million each year.
With the background of continued financial pressures the county council is looking at the entire service and how it could be run more efficiently, working in collaboration with borough and district councils.
More work needs to be carried out as to exactly how this could be done but a target of £7million efficiencies has been set for the next financial year.
County council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, Cllr Michael Clarke, said: “Continued financial pressures mean that we are always looking at new ways of running services to find maximum efficiencies.
“Financial pressures for the county council as well as borough and district councils means that we must work collaboratively to look at services to make efficiencies.
“The sheer scale of the operation means that we’re optimistic that not only can this function be carried out more efficiently but we can also find financial savings.”