Innovative waste service delivery shortlisted at COSLA Excellence Awards

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Innovative waste service delivery shortlisted at COSLA Excellence Awards

Wednesday 4th October, 2017


Waste

An innovative project designed to transform Stirling Council’s waste collection service has made it through to the final stage of the COSLA Excellence Awards.


The council’s Waste Service Alternative Delivery Model (ADM) has received a silver award for being shortlisted among the top 3 nominees in the Delivering Better Services category, after impressing a team of assessors from across Local Government.


The COSLA Excellence Awards, being held this Thursday (October 5th), celebrate innovative projects that are making a real difference in local communities across the country. The implementation of the local authority’s Waste Service ADM has seen the system undergo a fundamental redesign in order to deliver a new, adaptable and modern waste collection system, which is resilient and provides a quality service to customers.


With a focus on customer needs and expectations, demonstrated through an extensive consultation programme that took the transformational proposals into the heart of local communities, via a number of Community Conversation events and a parallel online consultation exercise, the new collection system now provides the public with an increased recyclate collection capacity over that previously delivered.


Stirling Council’s Waste Service ADM has provided householders in the region with separate containers for plastics, cans and cartons; paper and cardboard; garden and food waste; glass; and non-recyclables, providing an easier, cleaner system for residents to recycle.


The local authority took delivery of more than 80,000 new containers, which were rolled out across urban and rural areas, and acquired nine new vehicles to transform the refuse collection fleet, benefiting both customers and staff alike. Waste Service also transferred over to a seven day service, with staff employed on a four days on/four days off rota.


Convener of the Environment and Housing Committee, Councillor Jim Thomson, said, “We are proud to have been recognised for the changes we have made to our waste collection service. It is a fantastic recognition for the hard work put in by the team and endorses the positive changes that the new system has brought to the region.


“Our performance when it comes to recycling is already among the best in the country, and the new system allows us to collect even more recyclable material. This is good for the environment and is a major boost towards us achieving ever more challenging national targets.”

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