New bin collection days coming to Corby and Kettering in months ahead

The shared street service between Kettering and Corby councils has been hailed a success after its first nine months.

Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 2:36 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 2:37 pm
There has been positive feedback to the shared service.

Councillors at Corby Council’s Overview and Scrutiny meeting on November 19th were full of praise for the scheme which saw the two councils merge their operations at the start of February.

The service looks after all waste collection, recycling, fly-tipping and grounds maintenance.

A new addition to the Corby service has been the major planting of the flower beds in the town centre as well as the rejuvenation of Coronation Park.

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Lead member for environment Cllr Mark Pengelly said: “The feedback has been incredible. It is nice travelling around Corby and seeing the colour that we have not seen for years.”

A number of councillors at the meeting also said they had received positive comments from residents about the new service.

At the meeting, head of environmental services Iain Smith said a consultation with refuse collection staff had taken place and new bin collection dates would be brought into both boroughs in the February of March of next year. Further details on dates were not given but head of environmental services Iain Smith said a comprehensive communications campaign would go out to residents before the new days were introduced.

The scheme had received some criticism in its early days by some residents after some communal areas were not having their grassed areas cut as regularly.

Cllr Pengelly said that a number of the complaints had related to private areas that Corby Council had historically looked after and that were the responsibility of homeowners.

The service is also looking to introduce a recycling service to people who live in flats as they currently are not provided with the service.