Re­cy­cling cen­tres switch

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

Re­newi is to hand back con­trol of waste re­cy­cling cen­tres to the coun­cil.

The com­pany had a bit­ter bust-up with the lo­cal author­ity over the early end to their deal and ac­cused the coun­cil of snub­bing con­tract talks.

Re­newi then vowed to close the 11 sites and “sus­pend the ser­vice” through­out the re­gion prompt­ing long term fears for the 70 jobs.

Unite union of­fi­cials per­suaded coun­cil chiefs and Re­newi to sit back round the ta­ble to dis­cuss its loss-mak­ing Pri­vate Fi­nance Ini­tia­tive (PFI) con­tract. Now the ser­vice is to be re­turned with all jobs back into coun­cil hands in the next two months.

Re­newi di­rec­tor James Pri­est­ley said:“We are pleased to have ex­ited this loss-mak­ing con­tract un­der ap­pro­pri­ate terms with all par­ties.

“We have con­cluded this exit on sched­ule while en­sur­ing that ser­vices are main­tained. We now look for­ward to work­ing closely with D&G Coun­cil over the next two months to en­sure a seam­less tran­si­tion.”

A coun­cil spokes­woman said:“Af­ter an in­tense pe­riod of ne­go­ti­a­tions, we has reached an agree­ment with Shanks Dum­fries and Gal­loway Ltd and Re­newi UK Ser­vices Ltd which has re­sulted in the early ter­mi­na­tion of the waste PFI con­tract.

“The re­sult of this is that this coun­cil will now work to bring these waste ser­vices back in-house within the next two months. We would like to as­sure mem­bers of the pub­lic that this will not af­fect the oper­a­tion of the house­hold waste re­cy­cling cen­tres and kerb­side col­lec­tions will carry on as nor­mal.”

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