Running of recycling centres to be brought in-house as Essex County Council builds a service fit for the future

Fri, 01/04/2022 - 18:00

Recycling centres and waste transfer stations in Essex will soon be operated directly by ECC, delivering a high quality, customer focused and sustainable service, which offers value for money to taxpayers.

Today (Friday 1st April), Veolia staff at ECC’s recycling centres and waste transfer stations have moved to being directly employed by the County Council, following a consultation with employees and the GMB Union.

The move will help the County Council operate a service which meets the aims and objectives set out in our Everyone’s Essex strategy to minimise waste and increase recycling of non-reusable items, whilst also providing maximum flexibility to adapt to future requirements.

Recycling centres and waste transfer stations will continue operating as normal, however, residents may notice updates to signage at sites to reflect the change, as well as new uniforms for staff.

Going forward, ECC aims to support sustainability and drive improvements to services at both recycling centres and waste transfer stations.

Cllr Bob Massey, ECC Deputy Cabinet Member for Waste Reduction and Recycling, said: “Bringing recycling centres and waste transfer stations in-house will bring multiple benefits including providing value for money for Essex taxpayers as well as helping plan for future growth, as we implement the aims of our Everyone’s Essex strategy.

“We look forward to welcoming the new staff members into the Essex County Council family and will be there to support them throughout to ensure the process is as seamless as possible.”

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