Hertfordshire to take direct control of household waste sites

Published: 12 May 2020

Hertfordshire’s 17 Household Waste Recycling Centres will be run directly by the county council from October 2020, after councillors agreed to a proposal to end the existing contract and bring the service in-house.

Since last year, Hertfordshire County Council and their contractor Amey have been in discussions to end the current contract, which sees Amey running 17 Household Waste Recycling Centres on behalf of the county council. The eight and a half year contract was due to run to March 2023.

Since the contract was signed in 2014, reductions in the commercial recycling market have limited Amey’s ability to deliver improvements to the service.

Terry Hone, Cabinet Member for Waste Management, said: “Amey has done a good job managing our recycling centres since 2014, but we’ve known for some time that whilst the contract is working well for the county council, and Amey is honouring the terms of our agreement, they are losing substantial amounts of money, which is a barrier to improving the service.

“We’ve looked closely at all the options, and it’s clear that with the recycling market where it is, our contract with Amey isn’t able to deliver what we want, and we’re not going to be able to get the same value for money from any other commercial contract. That’s why we’ve negotiated satisfactory terms of exit with Amey and agreed to bring the management of the recycling centres back in-house, where they will be run by staff directly employed by the county council.”

“We are planning significant investments in the network, such as the new sites at Ware and Welwyn Garden City, and further development to accommodate planned growth across Hertfordshire.”

The existing sites will continue to operate in the same way and accept the same materials. Staff currently working for Amey at the sites will be offered the option to transfer to the county council.