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Waste reforms 'saving £4m a year'
AN OVERHAUL of waste services will save £4m a year, a council has claimed.
Durham County Council has already switched to fortnightly bin collections, renewed its waste disposal contracts and cut back on household waste recycling centres.
Further, it is hoped sending more waste to be recycled, rather than buried in the ground, will cut £1m from the authority’s landfill tax bill.
In total, the savings are estimated at more than £4m a year.
Councillor Brian Stephens, the council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “During the past three years, we have carried out a great deal of work to re-shape our services in order to make them more cost-effective and environmentally sustainable and have already achieved many of our goals.”
A council spokeswoman said a survey of 1,500 people had found 40 per cent saying the switch to fortnightly bin collections had made a positive difference.
The cabinet will debate its waste strategy on Wednesday (September 18).
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