The management of household waste recycling centres in Lichfield and Burntwood are being brought back in-house, Staffordshire County Council has confirmed.

Burntwood Household Waste Recycling Centre. Picture: Google Streetview
Burntwood Household Waste Recycling Centre. Picture: Google Streetview

The current outsourced contract with Amey is due to expire in March 2022.

But the county council has said it does not intend to bring in another third-party contractor when that agreement ends.

Cllr Mark Deaville, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for commercial, said:

“There have been significant changes in private sector involvement in the household waste recycling market in recent years, with fewer companies wanting the work and those that do are quoting higher prices.

“If we had put the contract out to tender we do not believe that there would be enough competition in the market for the county council to negotiate a deal that was good financially and also provided the flexibility to respond to changing environmental, recycling and climate change agendas in the next decade.

“Therefore, we believe resuming the management and day-to-day running of our sites is the best option to ensure we maintain the best service for residents, be sustainable and provide value for money.”

Cllr Mark Deaville, Staffordshire County Council

Amey stepped in to take on the contract last year after Staffordshire County Council agreed that the-then operator FCC could leave its contract early.

An all-party scrutiny committee examined potential options for the service last year, and an independent report by PwC UK was also commissioned to assess what alternatives could be pursued.

“We have been watching closely what is happening in the industry as we are preoccupied by providing the best service for residents while maintaining value for money.

“Residents will notice no difference when the changeover happens in 2022, although we do have ambitious plans to improve facilities and encourage more sophisticated recycling methods.

“This option will allow us to respond to changing demand, a growing population and the council’s commitment to reduce the county’s carbon footprint to net zero by 2050.”

Cllr Mark Deaville, Staffordshire County Council
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Steve Norman
2 years ago

On the face of it good news – as long as it does not prompt another, third, attempt by the County Council to close Burntwood’s facility.

2 years ago

Any chance the same can be done with road maintenance for Staffordshire?

The contract with Amey does not work for us, the roads are getting worse. Birmingham ditched them as well.

Hans Sachs
2 years ago

This could be good news, providing that s ‘re-arranger’ is employed who has a better idea of traffic flow than whoever reorganised the Lichfield site. Any passing ten-year-old could have done a better job.