Council’s waste collection company is branching out
ACOMPANY set up by the council to take care of waste and recycling services has been commissioned by neighbouring authorities.
Ansa, an arms length company of Cheshire East Council, is in discussions with two other authorities to create a new joint venture partnership to deliver waste collection and other environmental services.
Staffordshire Moorlands and High Peak councils have agreed with Ansa the principle of establishing a subsidiary company to carry out waste collections, street cleansing, grounds maintenance and fleet management for the two authorities.
Waste disposal will remain the responsibility of both Staffordshire and Derbyshire County Councils.
The new venture aims to save Staffordshire Moorlands and High Peak councils more than £1m over the lifetime of the arrangement on their combined budget of more than £8m.
The joint venture partnership will be a standalone arrangement and will utilise existing facilities and resources currently available within High Peak and Staffordshire Moorlands, with all existing employees transferred to the new partner- ship arrangement.
The proposal will not affect the current contract between Ansa and Cheshire East Council, meaning that environmental services will continue as normal.
Discussions have been taking place between Ansa and both councils over a number of weeks and changes in the management of services will be introduced through a phased approach over the next 18 months.
The Cheshire East company has transformed recycling rates in the borough to make the authority one of the best-performing authorities in the country.
Fifty-five per cent of the 183,000 tonnes of household waste collected – above the national average – is recycled, 17 per cent is processed into energy renewal with only 28 per cent going to landfill. Last year residents’ feedback on council services gave Ansa a 90 per cent public satisfaction rate for waste collection. It was a finalist in the national recycling awards and retained the Rospa gold award for health and safety training.
Councillor Rachel Bailey, council leader, said: “Ansa will share its high standard of best practice, expertise and service delivery with these two neighbouring authorities and we are proud that High Peak and Staffordshire Moorlands have agreed to enter into this partnership arrangement with a Cheshire East Council owned company.”
Coun John Hammond, chairman of Ansa, said: “This arrangement is a glowing reflection on the reputation of Ansa as a company that seeks to achieve the highest standards of service for its commissioning authorities and for council taxpayers in all three boroughs.
“We look forward to a long and successful working partnership.”
Council leader Rachel Bailey said she is ‘proud’ of the new partnership
Ansa will carry out waste collections for the two neighbouring authorities