A clean break for environmental services

If agreed by the council’s cabinet next week, the council will give notice to end its contract with current provider Amey and consider the options of either bringing environmental services in-house or running them through a wholly owned local authority company.

The decision to review the end date of the current contract has been taken mutually with Amey.  If agreed, there would be a continuation of current arrangements until services transferred.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure said: “I want the council to have greater control over how these services are managed and delivered.  By bringing these services back under our direct management we would have greater control, flexibility and security over a key service for local residents.

“We know how important having good recycling services, clean streets, beautiful parks and open spaces are to local people. By maintaining the high standards of our environmental services into the future we can also build on our superb record of recycling – currently the second highest in the capital at over 50%.

“We will also seek to get a better deal for staff providing these services, including paying them the London Living Wage.”

Waste & recycling collection, street cleaning, grounds maintenance and burials are all part of environmental services currently provided by Amey. The decision is subject to approval by the council at next week’s cabinet meeting (20 March). If agreed, a decision on whether services could be brought in house or run through a local authority company would be considered in June.