Coun­cil’s waste col­lec­tion com­pany is branching out

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

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

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