Barnet Council’s Waste Services To Continue In-House

Barnet Council has announced its recycling and waste collections, street cleansing, and green space maintenance, will continue to be run in-house following an Environment Committee meeting.

The in-house model will mean staff will continue to be employed by the council, with the service transformed over the next 12 to 18 months.

It would also enable the service to achieve savings, the Councils says, as well as deliver its objectives to:

  • re-use, recycle, or compost 50% of all waste the council collects
  • provide services to residents and businesses that are cost effective, easy to use, and help people do the right thing
  • keep Barnet clean and green
  • support a thriving local economy
  • get investment in public spaces
  • be financially sustainable
  • build stronger local communities.

Jamie Blake, Commissioning Director for Environment, said: “After looking at all available options we believe an improved in-house model provides the option”.

“This option will allow us to make savings and improve our approach through new technology.”

New Guidelines

The Council also wants to hear residents’ and businesses’ views on new guidelines about where, when and how recycling and waste can be left out to be collected and should be stored.

“To help to continue to keep the borough clean, the council is planning to introduce guidelines to keep High Streets free of litter, fly-tipped material and clutter,” it said.

“These regulations build on the existing work we have already been carrying out as part of the Keep Barnet Clean campaign including educating residents, enforcement action and investment in new mechanical street sweepers.”

A key feature of the guidelines is to introduce “time-banded” collections in Barnet’s High Streets, meaning residents and businesses affected would only be able to be place waste and recycling out for collection at restricted times.

The council will also actively help residents and businesses to comply with the new regulations by raising awareness of the date and times refuse can be left out for collection and the importance of recycling the right materials.

Jamie Blake, said: “We know how important our local environment is to our residents, and these proposals will help maintain the high standards they expect of our high streets.

“These regulations build on the existing work we have already been carrying out as part of the Keep Barnet Clean campaign including educating residents, enforcement action and investment in new mechanical street sweepers.”

The consultation is open to all Barnet residents, businesses and visitors until 14 June 2017.


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