New council Trading Organisation could run residents' waste collection and recycling service

9 September 2019

Residents could have a new Council-owned Trading Organisation providing their waste collection and recycling service from March next year, if Cabinet approves a unique new venture this week. 

The current provider Kier is exiting the waste industry and its contract with the Council ends on 29 March 2020. 

Work is underway to create a new local authority trading organisation which, if approved, will launch on 29 March 2020, employing the same high quality teams and using the same vehicles and bins. 

Residents would see no change to the waste and recycling service they currently receive and will be able to help shape the service to ensure it is fit for the future. 

Councillor Karen Shore, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We have a real opportunity to create a Local Authority Trading Organisation, based on cooperative principles that puts people and the environment at its heart; that works in partnership with staff and the community to prioritise environmental issues and improve what is an already incredibly successful service, contributing  to our commitments on the Climate Change Emergency and Sustainability Agenda. 

“We’ve struck a good deal with Kier, following their decision to exit the waste market, and it provides us with the funding to continue to improve our waste and recycling service over the coming years. If approved, from Monday 30 March 2020, the new company will take over the collections service, in what we hope will be a seamless transition and residents will see no change to the service they receive. We will be using the same vehicles, to collect the same items, and utilising the experience, knowledge and skills of the same staff. 

“Over the coming years we will all work together to improve the service. This offers us a real opportunity to create a very different way of working, where everyone can have their say on where our priorities lie going forward and I’m excited at what could be possible.”

All staff will transfer across to the new company on 29 March 2020. While the teams, resources and quality of service will remain the same, the ethos of the new Trading Organisation will be different.  

The company will work in a three-way partnership with the community, staff and council to achieve a number of goals.
Benefits to the community: 
  • residents will be able to  influence the organisation’s direction and improvements
  • a new resident committee and community waste forum will be created
  • the Trading Organisation will commit to employing local people and target vulnerable groups such as care leavers and people who are long-term unemployed
Benefits for staff: 
  • the Trading Organisation will have a stable and permanent workforce, with the aim of stopping the use of temporary staff supplied by employment agencies, unless in exceptional circumstances 
  • employees will be represented on the board of the Trading Organisation
  • actively seek to recruit from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups
  • the Trading Organisation will support apprenticeships, bespoke employee incentive schemes and ‘have your say’ programmes.
If approved, residents and staff will be involved in the months to come as the new Trading Organisation develops and opportunities to help shape the service will be on offer. 

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