Council to engage external provider for waste collection service

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Council has made the decision to engage specialised waste collection company JJ Richards to deliver Nillumbik’s kerbside waste collection service, resulting in savings passed directly on to ratepayers.

Mayor Karen Egan said the appointment of JJ Richards follows a best-value review of the in-house service through an open tender process and will ensure Council continues to provide a high-quality, value-for-money service to the community.

“As an industry leader servicing over 20 per cent of Victorian councils including our Whittlesea and Yarra Ranges neighbours, JJ Richards has through the tender evaluation demonstrated excellence in service delivery, customer focus, advanced waste collection technology, safety and risk management,” she said.

Cr Egan said Council’s in-house waste collection team has provided excellent service to the Nillumbik community.

“On behalf of all councillors I’d like to acknowledge the contribution from all the staff who have delivered the service over many years,” she said.

CEO Carl Cowie said “the waste collection team and union representatives had been consulted and provided input throughout the market testing process. Staff preferences around their future will be accommodated.

All staff will be made aware of the decision.

Cr Egan said a review of Council’s waste services to better meet the needs of ratepayers is a key action in the Council Plan.

“Following consultation with the community last year, Council will be offering residents additional bin collection options, which we expect to be available from 1 July 2020, and will promote this to residents closer to the time,” she said.

The standard bin configuration – 120-litre weekly green waste, 120-litre fortnightly landfill, 240-litre fortnightly recycling – will remain the same.

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