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New Environment Services contract set to save money and boost recycling in Camden
Emma Kennedy - July 26, 2016

An innovative contract to manage household waste and keep Camden’s streets clean is set to save council taxpayers £5 million a year and drive up recycling rates.

Agreed by the council’s Cabinet, the new contract, which begins in April 2017, will be responsive to the needs of the borough and its residents and has been designed to serve Camden’s mix of housing types.

Due to government cuts to local authority budgets, Camden’s Cabinet has agreed budget reductions of £78 million, which includes £5 million a year from the Environment Services contract.

The new, smarter and better value Environment Services contract will save that £5 million a year, whilst still keeping Camden’s streets clean and tidy.

The new contract will contain incentives relating to performance and will also penalise the contractor if targets are not met.

The use of innovation and modern technology will boost services, with the likes of ‘In-cab’ vehicle devices logging ‘real-time’ service issues – providing customers with up-to-date services information, including non-collections, collection round status, recycling contamination issues.

Bin weighing technology will aid business waste collections, whilst an app will allow both residents and businesses to report waste dumping and littering, ensuring that these issues can be dealt with quicker and more efficiently.

The contract will support the council’s commitment to improving air quality, with the contractor using alternative fuel vehicles including compressed natural gas, electric and hybrid vehicles.

As well as being London Living Wage compliant, the new contract will also commit to providing new apprenticeships, local employment opportunities and volunteering and training.

Councillor Meric Apak, Camden Council’s Cabinet member for Sustainability and Environment, said:

“I am excited at the opportunity to look at how we can best provide a modern-day service for the people of Camden.

The new Environment Services contract that we have agreed will maximise up to date technology so that the service becomes both more efficient and responsive, in order to meet the needs of the council, and its residents and businesses.”