Rubbish makes cash for council

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An environmental services company set up by Wellingborough Council a year ago has made more than £250,000 in its first year.

The company was formed as a joint venture between Wellingborough Council and Norse Commercial Services to take on responsibility for emptying about 34,000 wheelie bins each week, keeping streets clean, removing fly tipping and graffiti, preparing and maintaining graves, looking after public toilets, and taking care of parks and open spaces.

About 100 council staff transferred to the new company when it began operating last March.

Over the course of the 10-year contract Wellingborough Norse is expected to save the council several million pounds through taking on additional work, profit sharing, increased buying power, reduction of costs and increased recycling income.

At the end of its first year, the company has forecast a profit of around £530,000.

The council is likely to receive more than £250,000.

The company also replaced agency workers with permanent employees, recruiting nine people in total.

Norse Commercial Services managing director Peter Hawes said: “We are very experienced and we were able to identify a number of potential savings for Wellingborough. Everything we do is about working hand in hand with the council, responding quickly to their needs and surpassing their expectations.”

Council leader Paul Bell said: “This has never been an outsourcing operation designed simply to save money. It has always been a partnership, with the focus on providing the best services possible.”