No need to sort recycling under new Northampton bins contract, says council

An all-in-one-bin fortnightly kerbside recycling service is coming to Northampton starting next year.

Thursday, 13th April 2017, 12:02 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 8:21 pm
Current contract holders Enterprise has come under fire for poor service.

Northampton residents will not have to sort their recycling and could get free garden waste colection under a new bins contract.

Northampton Borough Council has demanded the service is provided by whoever wins the town's new environmental services contract, which will begin next year.

They have also asked for free garden waste collection and kitchen food waste collection.

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The Borough Council has called for an all-in-one-bin recycling service.

The proposals were set out in a full cabinet meeting last night (April 12).

Bin collection for the town is currently managed by Enterprise, who have come under fire several times for missing bin days, leaving grass to grow up to a foot long in the East of Northampton last year and, on one occasion, for interring a body in the wrong plot.

Labour Councillor Enam Haque (Lab, Castle) said the current providers have just not been good enough.

Cllr Anamul Haque, shadow cabinet member for the environment said: "We have always opposed this process and wanted the council to seriously consider bringing environmental services back in-house.

The Borough Council has called for an all-in-one-bin recycling service.

"The last seven years of the present contract has not served our town well in my opinion and many believe it has failed. I just hope the short list doesn't have Enterprise on there but if it does then it shows the borough council has learnt nothing."

Five companies are currently bidding for the new contract - but the borough council will not reveal who they are.

The five bids will be reviewed over the summer.