Councillors have backed plans to share a waste and recycling depot and single management team for Cambridge and the surrounding villages in a move that could save between £170,000 and £500,000 a year.
Councillors at South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) approved officers working up a final business case at a cabinet meeting last week after Cambridge City Council’s Environment Scrutiny Committee gave the green light two days earlier.
The business case will give further details on how both councils’ waste and recycling teams will be overseen by a single management and support team - saving taxpayers £170,000 a year – with a possible £300,000 of further savings through changing bin collection rounds to achieve the most efficient routes irrespective of the council boundaries.
Cambridge City Council’s team would relocate to SCDC’s depot in Waterbeach, which is next to AmeyCespa’s centre where waste from black, green and blue bins from both councils is currently tipped.
Councillors will consider the business case for the move in October.
Both councils have also said that a shared service will enhance opportunities with other Cambridgeshire authorities through the established RECAP Waste Partnership.
This could further reduce waste collection and disposal costs, improve income and secure service improvements.
Cllr Mick Martin, SCDC’s cabinet member for environmental services, said: “I am pleased both councils have now agreed the principles of how we can work together to continue to provide a top quality service at lower cost.
“Owing to continued cuts to government funding we must find new ways of delivering services and this move is a great fit for us both.
“The business case will identify where we can be smarter and as the service develops I hope we will be able to deliver even more savings.”
Cllr Peter Roberts, executive councillor for environment, waste and public health at Cambridge City Council, said: “I am pleased that we are now moving ahead to look at the detail of a possible shared waste service with South Cambs.
“Given the financial challenges we face we must look at new ways of saving money while keeping up the good quality service that we already provide.”