FCC Environment and Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council have signed a deal that will see the company deliver a refreshed Refuse, Recycling and Street Cleansing service throughout the Borough.
Signing the contract in Barrow today, 3rd March 2017, Cllr David Pidduck, Leader of Barrow Borough Council said “we are delighted to have signed this Contract with FCC Environment, and look forward to working with them to provide an excellent service to the residents of the Borough. We hope that the new collection arrangements will be welcomed by our residents and that they will appreciate that we will continue to collect their household waste on a weekly basis and that the new household recycling containers will make life easier for them.”
FCC Environment Chief Executive Paul Taylor said “FCC Environment has a growing reputation for service excellence across Refuse, Recycling and Street Cleansing services whilst delivering cost efficient operations to support our partner authorities. We are delighted to have signed a contract today with Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council to carry out these vital functions on their behalf.”
The contract, which will commence on 1st April 2017, is being let for an initial 7 years with an opportunity to extend and will see approximately £2 million invested to deliver and improve services in the area.
To help residents understand how the new recycling and refuse collection scheme will benefit them, the council and FCC Environment have opened a pop-up-recycling shop at 24 Duke Street, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1HH.
Open from today, Friday 3rd March, until the end of April, residents will be able to pop in and talk to the council team about the changes which will include:
- The collection of black waste bins every week
- The collection of all new burgundy recycling bin for dry, mixed recyclables every fortnight
- The collection of recycling boxes for glass on the same day as the recycling bin
In addition, FCC Environment will be introducing the Barrow Garden Waste Club - an all new way of recycling garden waste.
Garden waste can be recycled into high a quality compost which in turn helps to keep the public parks and spaces in Barrow looking great all year round. To provide residents with this easy to use, kerbside garden waste recycling service, there will be a charge for the service from 1st April 2017.
And with more materials being collected at the kerbside, there will be a reduction in the number of Bring Banks with facilities located at Salthouse, Dalton, Askam and Walney, saving tax payers money on the maintenance of such facilities.
“We all know that recycling is good for the environment – bottles, cans and newspapers can all be made into new bottles, cans and newspapers saving precious resources from being wasted. And not landfilling waste saves you, the council tax payer, money. Here in Barrow we are always looking to provide our residents with the most efficient way of doing things so we are refreshing the way we recycle in the borough and our new service will deliver this.”
Barrow-in-Furness is one of six district councils in Cumbria. It consists of the large coastal town of Barrow-in-Furness, the small market town of Dalton-in-Furness and the parishes of Askam & Ireleth and Lindal & Marton with an area of 7,796 hectares. The Borough is more urban in nature than the other districts in Cumbria with over 90% of residents living in wards classified as urban. Barrow in Furness has a population of approximately 71,000.
The Borough contains approximately 33,500 dwellings, many of which are of traditional terraced types with wide back streets and it is the Council’s intention to offer a weekly residual kerbside collection and a fortnightly dry recyclate kerbside collection.