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Bin men on loan as new recycling service comes in
7:30pm Tuesday 29th January 2013 in News
Town hall bosses will borrow bin men from a neighbouring authority to avoid disrupting the service.
Lewes District Council has won more than £2 million of funding from the Government to set up a food waste service for its 95,000 households.
The local authority claims the new collections will double its recycling rates.
But, in order to ensure its refuse and recycling service is not disrupted while the scheme is being set up, Brighton and Hove City Council will be asked to help it run existing routes.
Lewes council leader James Page said: “We want residents to benefit from the new service while continuing to receive the highly valued regular weekly refuse collections.
“By sharing resources we are making the best use of public money, which is a common sense and pragmatic solution.
“This is an exciting new partnership for both councils. It will enable us to share good practice in running value-for-money local services.”
The partnership is expected to begin in March and run for one year.
Council bosses believe the new food waste collection service will be established by June.
Residents in the Lewes district will continue to receive their regular weekly refuse and fortnightly recycling collections As part of the deal an operational manager and senior staff from the city council will work with Lewes.
City council leader Jason Kitcat said he was “really delighted” by the partnership.
He added: “As a council we’re also focused on delivering better services to the public and we feel that genuine savings can be delivered through closer partnerships with neighbouring authorities.”
Mark Turner, of the GMB union, said he was supportive of the arrangement.
The deal will run for up to a year and Brighton and Hove will receive compensation for the work.
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