Borough waste and recycling services are now council-run

WASTE and recycling services across the borough have now been transferred back to Barrow Borough Council. 

Following a consultation period between Barrow Borough Council and FCC Environment, the services came back in house on October 10 and staff transferred under TUPE to the authority as part of the service transition.

Councillor Ann Thomson, the leader of Barrow Borough Council, said: “The Council would like to thank everyone involved in bringing the waste and recycling service in house and to residents for their support for our teams.

“We want to thank FCC Environment for their support during this time of transition.

“Thank you to the hard working staff who have ensured that we could seamless transition between the two contracts.

“And thanks to the public for their patience and understanding. Please continue to put bins and recycling out as normal and report any issues via the usual customer services number."

The move takes place ahead of a reorganisation of local government across Cumbria, which will see a new council - Westmorland and Furness Council - providing all services in the area from April 1 next year.

The ending of the waste services contract with FCC was mutually and amicably agreed ahead of the start of Westmorland and Furness Council next year. The new council will provide all services in the area currently covered by Barrow Borough Council, South Lakeland District Council, Eden District Council and Cumbria County Council.

The Barrow Council website has helpful information about waste and recycling services and the team can be contacted directly from here - Alternatively, any issues can be reported by calling the customer service team on 01229 876543.