HARLOW Council has procured a new contract for household bin collections and is very pleased with the results. The new contract will come into effect with no disruption to residents and will offer improvements too.
The collections will continue to be at the same frequency – alternate weekly collections of non-recycling and recycling. Assisted collections for the elderly and disabled will continue as well as the separate nappy and incontinence waste collections.
Textiles, small electrical/electronic waste items, and batteries will be collected at the kerbside improving recycling, providing an additional service for residents and freeing up space in their black bins.
New real time technology on board the bin lorries will mean crews can alert the depot to issues while on the round and can also be contacted mid-round if any issues are reported by residents to Contact Harlow. This means problems can be dealt more quickly and it increases the flexibility of the service.
There will be a brand new vehicle fleet replacing the ageing lorries, which will help reduce carbon footprint and providing a more reliable service to residents.
The contractor will take booked bulky household items away and sort out what can be re-used for third sector organisations, instead of residents having to wait for another organisation to assess the item on the door-step, and possibly reject it, resulting in a further wait.
There will from April 2020 be a much more affordable wheelie-bin based garden waste service offered.
The contractor has also committed to do the following:
· Donate end-of life vehicles to Harlow College for training purposes
· Sponsor a Recycled Sculpture competition in 2022 to help mark Harlow’s 75th birthday
· Hire at least one apprentice and one employee from the Offender Rehabilitation scheme over the contract term
· Recruit locally to vacancies
Portfolio holder for the Environment Danny Purton said, “This is good news all round for the residents of Harlow”.
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