Tendring District Council (TDC) is preparing its options for delivering waste collection and street sweeping services across the area from 2019.
Contractors costs have gone up significantly since the last one was agreed in 2012 and changes may well need to be made.
Michael Talbot, Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Cabinet Member for Environment, told a meeting of the Cabinet that it will be a case of considering what is deliverable and that includes looking carefully at the costs.
“We need to take into account what has happened since the last contract was signed in 2012 and that includes the pension changes, increased diesel price, an increase in the minimum wage and other new regulations – all of which have meant extra costs,” he said.
“Having spoken with our existing contractor we would be looking at least £250,000 on top of what we currently pay just to renew the current contract.
“If we went from weekly to fortnightly collections there would still be a massive increase but with other potential collection changes that can help to improve recycling rates and possibly reducing the amount going to landfill.”
“It is not going to be easy and at the end of the day it will come down to what we can afford to pay balanced against what service improvements we can squeeze in.”
Cllr Talbot promised that Councillors will receive an update at an all-Member briefing in spring 2018 where they will be able to give their views.
However, he ruled out setting up a Member working party- as suggested by TDC’s Corporate Management Committee - as he felt it would not add significant value to the overall process.