The new organisation is anticipated to combine the existing waste services from the four authorities and be led by its newly appointed director, Matt Smyth who joins from Surrey County Council. This follows plans revealed last year for some of the county council’s waste functions to also be added to the new entity later this year.
“The formation of Joint Waste Solutions marks an exciting step forward,” said Smyth who in his role as chairman of the Surrey Waste Partnership facilitated the project team that procured the new contract. “I firmly believe that working together is the best way to realise savings while maintaining an excellent service for our residents.”
The original project to explore a joint contract was initiated and part funded by the Surrey Waste Partnership which consists of the county council and all 11 district and borough councils. According to Smyth: "Four were ready to go ahead immediately, but the contract framework has been developed in a way that will enable other councils to join it later.
"It covers all aspects of waste collection including household waste, recycling, food waste, garden waste, bring banks, clinical waste, bulky waste, replacement bins and the opportunity to introduce a commercial waste service. It will also include street cleaning and associated activities including street sweeping, bin emptying, weed control, graffiti clearance, and fly-tipping and fly-posting removal," added Smyth.
Elmbridge is expected to be the first to change to the new contract from 3 June followed by Woking from 11 September. The new service will include the introduction of a weekly collection of textiles and waste electronic and electrical equipment, as well as an improved bulky waste collection service. It will be rolled out to Surrey Heath and Mole Valley in 2018.