Peterborough to consider future of waste contract

Peterborough City Council could end its waste and recycling contract with Amey by mutual consent under new budget proposals.

Having entered into a 23-year contract with Enterprise Managed Services in March 2011, the waste and recycling contract transferred to Amey in 2013, when the company purchased Enterprise. Under the contract, Amey delivers household waste and recycling collections, street cleaning, property design and maintenance, grounds maintenance and a range of other services.

However, due to ‘unprecedented challenges within local authority markets’, the council is considering ending the partnership with Amey by mutual consent and to consider alternative options to provide waste services in the future. It is predicted that providing waste and recycling services in a different way, most likely via a joint venture partnership with another organisation, will save the council in the region of £100,000 a year.

Councillor Gavin Elsey, cabinet member for waste and street scene, said: “The financial position we find ourselves in is unprecedented and we are therefore constantly looking at how we provide services to ensure we are achieving best value for money and offering the best possible services for our residents.

“I would like to thank Amey for its commitment to providing services for the residents of Peterborough during the past five years. However, it has been clear for some time that our contract is no longer meeting either of our needs and is no longer compatible with the tough financial landscape we are operating in.

“If this proposal is approved, we will look to provide the city’s waste services in a different way which will most likely involve setting up a joint venture partnership with another organisation. Regardless of the decision, residents should be assured that waste services will continue to run smoothly.

“We are also aware that this will be an uncertain time for Amey’s staff and we are committed to consulting with them on any proposed changes if cabinet and council approves the termination of the existing contract.”

The contract with Amey will continue until a new service provider is in place.