Report Identifies How Waste Efficiencies Can Save Councils £9m A Year

Waste PartnershipsBy looking at the waste efficiencies of 12 local authorities in the North East of England, a report has identified how £9m can be saved by councils through actions such as waste partnerships and overcoming the challenges to working more closely together. 

The report, produced by Local Partnerships (LP) looks at 12 authorities in the North East, all of which are Unitary and therefore have responsibility for both waste collection and disposal services.

Like all authorities across the UK they continue to face testing times as resources are reduced but service expectations remain high.

This is the third regional review undertaken by LP focusing on efficiencies achieved in waste management. The previous two reviews, focusing on the West Midlands and London provided a wealth of information to decision makers and stakeholders.

The Delivering Waste Efficiencies in the North East report highlights a number of areas where authorities in the North East have successfully taken on the challenge of delivering better value in waste services in this very difficult economic climate.

The experience of the projects featured in the report shows that 16 significant savings can be achieved, whilst continuing to deliver high and in some cases improved performance.

This is the third regional review undertaken by LP focusing on efficiencies achieved in waste management. The previous two reviews, focusing on the West Midlands and London provided a wealth of information to decision makers and stakeholders.

The 12 authorities are:

  • Durham County Council
  • Darlington Borough Council
  • Gateshead MBC
  • Hartlepool Borough Council
  • Middlesbrough Borough Council
  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council
  • North Tyneside Council
  • Northumberland
  • Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
  • South Tyneside MBC
  • Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
  • Sunderland City Council

The report looks at case studies for South Tyne And Wear Waste Partnership and Tees Valley Waste Partnership, which identifies a potential savings of £300m over the contract duration of South Tyne And Wear Waste Partnership compared with the scenario of “doing nothing”.

On the issue of rounds and routes optimisation, some of the saving in the report find that Stockton-on-Tees have reported an estimated saving of £200,000 per annum as a result of a reduction in rounds. North Tyneside has also reported savings of an estimated £250,000 per annum being realised plus, as a result of a more efficient service, they are experiencing a significant improvement in customer satisfaction with an approval rating of 90 percent compared to just 70 percent previously.

The report also looks at service changes, including vehicles, receptacles, and frequency of collection; enforcement and charging; maximising recycling and recovery; contract changes; new contracts; joint procurement and maximising income from recyclate.

For the full report CLICK HERE

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