Waste and recycling teams from Rushcliffe and Nottingham councils are now being housed at a shared depot at Eastcroft, in a bid to cut costs for both authorities.
Rushcliffe council’s Recycling2Go teams have moved to the site from this month, having previously been based at a depot at Abbey Road in West Bridgford, which had housed the council’s waste operations since 1976.
The Eastcroft site is located close to the FCC-run energy from waste plant, which treats residual waste on behalf of both authorities.
Rushcliffe’s depot at Abbey Road will continue to house the council’s Streetwise Environmental grounds maintenance and street cleansing service until it vacates the site in October. The council is proposing that the site will be redeveloped as housing.
Rushcliffe borough council leader, Cllr Simon Robinson, said: “This collaboration further highlights our approach to work with partners to make services work more effectively and in this case it was a great opportunity to share the site to benefit both authorities.
“Importantly, there is no further impact on the environment with no added mileage for our vehicles to complete. The incinerator where our grey bin waste is converted to energy is adjacent to the site and our vehicles were already serviced here.
“Importantly, there is no further impact on the environment with no added mileage for our vehicles to complete. The incinerator where our grey bin waste is converted to energy is adjacent to the site and our vehicles were already serviced here.”Cllr Simon Robinson
“It is not a shared service but this has been a significant change for the team after four decades at Abbey Road. The transition has been very smooth though and it shows again how we assess effective ways to make our resources work and continue to deliver great services.”
Councillor Sally Longford, deputy leader and portfolio holder for Energy and environment at Nottingham city council, said: “This is a great example of partnership working and we’re delighted to welcome colleagues from Rushcliffe borough council to our Eastcroft depot.
“We have been working together on this project for a number of months and it’s great to have brought it to fruition. Rushcliffe have been able capitalise on additional capacity that we have on site, while the city council receives a rent at commercial rate and an unused depot building has also been refurbished as part of the agreement.
“Rushcliffe have been bringing domestic waste to our incinerator for some time so it makes perfect sense for them relocate their refuse collection service. In the current economic climate of damaging cuts to our budgets, we are increasingly having to find new ways to save money and provide the best value to local taxpayers.”