About the Joint Waste Contract
From April 2013 Wealden District Council, in partnership with Rother, Hastings and Eastbourne Councils is providing your waste and recycling service through a Joint Waste Collection Contract.
This contract is a result of the four authorities, together with East Sussex County Council, forming the Joint Waste Committee. The Committee works to improve the quality and effectiveness of their waste collection functions. For more information on the Joint Waste Committee as well as a full record of the minutes and decisions reached please see the following page of Rother District Council's website (external link).
The committee awarded Kier with the ten-year joint waste contract to manage the waste and recycling collections, street cleansing and beach-cleaning for Wealden, Rother, Hastings and Eastbourne.
The contract will cover nearly 200,000 properties across an area of over 550 square miles and it is expected to save the Partnership an estimated £30 million over the next decade, and increase recycling rates in the four authorities. We expect Wealden to be saving in the region of £750,000 per year, £7.5 million over the ten-year period.
"We have had a tremendous waste and recycling service at Wealden which has been highly respected by local residents. By transferring over staff and services to Kier Environmental next year, we believe this high standard of service can be maintained and Kier's wider range of resources can be used to provide further investment in recycling," said Councillor Rowena Moore, Wealden Cabinet Member responsible for Waste and Recycling.
"We shall still continue to have direct involvement in the service at customer level ensuring that service standards are maintained. Joint working across four local authorities is a significant achievement and everyone at the Council has been working hard to ensure the best outcome for residents."
How does the new service work?
We will be collecting a wider range of recyclable materials from the kerbside using a simpler system, including glass bottles and jars, and more plastics.
You will keep your current wheeled bins and your blue recycling box, although these will be used differently. An additional brown wheeled bin will be issued to households that wish to take part in the free Green Garden Waste Collection Service after July 2013.
What has happened to the staff?
Front-line staff, this being the refuse collection crews, street cleaning teams, staff employed at our depots to maintain vehicles, and at the Bellbrook Materials Reclamation Facility, together with a small number of depot administrative staff, have been transferred to the contractor.
The rest of the staff, including those who deal with customer enquiries, are continuing to work for the Council. Residents will still call Wealden District Council about the service as they did before. We will remain responsible for customer enquiries which will be handled via our contact centre.
Still have questions about the new collection service?
Please see our Waste Collection Changes FAQs