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Leicestershire Council proposes to run their own waste sites

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Council says the proposal could help to save around £290,000

The council in Leicestershire has made proposals to run their own household waste and recycling services across the county and hope that the Cabinet will approve their decision.

If passed, the council would be in charge of running thirteen recycling and household waste sites throughout the county and by bringing the services in-house, the council have said that it could save £290,000.

The proposal is to be discussed by the Leicestershire County Council’s ruling cabinet at a meeting to be held on Friday, June 17 at 11:00am.

The new changes, if approved by the cabinet, would effect the Loughborough Transfer Station and all household waste and recycling sites, apart from Whetstone.

If approved, the new service would start after the authority’s contract with Environmental Waste Controls Ltd (EWC) finishes in 2017.

Cabinet member for recycling and waste, Councillor Blake Pain, said: “We’re continuing to make tough choices across the authority and along with the changes we’ve already made to the running of our waste sites, we need to look at how else we can make savings,”

“It is hoped that bringing the running of these sites back in-house will help us to reduce the waste budget while continuing to support the public in recycling and disposing of waste.”

A number of changes were made recently at all fourteen of the authority’s household waste and recycling sites, which have led to the proposals being made. One of the changes made include fewer opening days in the summer months.

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