Environmental service contract making positive changes in Northampton

Northampton Guildhall

The new environmental services contract with Veolia has seen positive changes being introduced in the town since 4 June.

During the first three months of the contract, Veolia has been working closely with Northampton Borough Council to create a cleaner town environment by making improvements to the waste and recycling, street cleansing and park maintenance services.

This has involved the collection of more than 5,400 fly-tips from around the borough, refinement of the litter bin emptying schedule to more closely reflect the required frequency, and removal of more than 40 tonnes of litter from streets, as part of a deep-cleansing programme.

Lidded wheeled recycling bins are currently being delivered to residents in some areas of the town to help reduce the amount of street litter, and a new collection service in response to residents’ feedback will begin later this month.

In addition, in partnership with idverde, Veolia has got to grips with the grass cutting in parks and along street verges, with the third cut of the year already under way. Contractors are also ahead of the planned schedule of shrub and tree maintenance, with works carried out on more than 400 trees and 250 public enquiries dealt with.

Cllr Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: “We are pleased with how the first 90-days of the new environmental services contract has gone. It was a big job to take on and it is great to see residents feeding back about the positive difference they can already see.

“There is still much to do however, as we move forward with our plan to make the town a cleaner and safer place to live, work and visit, a town we can all be proud of.

“And we hope that our plans, which include the introduction of lidded recycling bins in some areas of the town, the development of a neighbourhood champion scheme and targeted fly tipping campaigns, will ensure residents continue to see a positive change in months and years to come.”

Keith McGurk, Regional Director at Veolia said “It has been an incredibly busy start to the contract but I am delighted that residents are already seeing improvements to the town. We hope that the introduction of the new bins and changes to the collection service will further alleviate some of the rubbish left on the streets. In the meantime, we’ll continue to focus on fly tipping, on litter and on tidying our green spaces while we still have the good weather!”