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Plan for county-wide waste service promises benefits for residents and up to £12m-a-year savings

A plan for Surrey’s councils to create a new county-wide waste collection and disposal service saving taxpayers up to £12million-a-year has taken its first step forward.

The joint service would bring benefits for residents including standard recycling and waste collections across the county while also generating savings to be shared across all councils.

Four districts and boroughs – Elmbridge, Mole Valley, Surrey Heath and Woking – have already teamed up to agree a 10-year joint waste contract expected to save their taxpayers more than £2million-a-year.

Now Surrey County Council’s Cabinet has given the go-ahead for some of the council’s own waste duties to be combined with the group of four councils, marking the first step towards a Surrey-wide joint waste service.

Detailed proposals will also be developed for combining further county council functions – such as waste disposal and running community recycling centres – with the joint service in future.

Analysis shows that a county-wide waste service could save the taxpayer between £8million and £12million-a-year through more efficient working, increasing the amount sent for recycling and harnessing councils’ collective clout to strike better deals on the material collected.

The county council will work with all other district and borough councils in Surrey to highlight the benefits of joining the service.

Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said: “At a time when our budgets are under huge strain from rising demand for services, teaming up with other councils in Surrey will help us keep costs down while also delivering high-quality recycling and waste services.

“I’m pleased we’re now taking the first steps towards creating a joint waste service for Surrey which has the potential to save up to £12milion-a-year through councils working together for the benefit of residents.”

Further information can be found in a report approved by the Cabinet.

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