Kirklees Council will bring Household Waste and Recycling Centres in-house as part of an effort to give the council more control over public-facing services.
The local authority’s cabinet met yesterday to decide on new proposals that will see a transformation in how waste is collected, recycled and disposed of in Kirklees.
The council is in year 24 of a 25-year waste PFI contract with the waste management company Suez. However, the contract was recently extended and will now end in 2025.
The council now intends to deliver the Household Waste Recycling Centres in-house, so that they can recycle more materials at them.
Kirklees Council also aims to achieve a recycling rate of at least 70% at Household Waste and Recycling Centres. It also wants to recycle at least 55% of municipal waste.
‘By taking the Household Waste Recycling Centres into our own control, and moving away from an external contract, we will have far more control to deliver our ambition and this will ultimately mean the ability to recycle a wider range of materials,’ said Cllr Naheed Mather, cabinet member for Environment.
‘This is something we know we need to do to help us reach our recycling rate target of 55%, and something we know residents want based on our engagement.’