Rubbish contactor appointed

WYRE Council has announced the award of a new rubbish collection contract which it hopes will save the authority hundreds of thousands of pounds in coming years.

Veolia Environmental Services has won the award to run the services at Wyre, which currently works with Fylde Council to collect waste.

In June 2010 Wyre Council agreed not to extend the current waste collection contract with Fylde, which at the time was touted as an innovative way of saving money.

Instead, the council decided to take the contract to the market in a bid to save more money.

The new-look refuse collection service will begin in April next year.

The council says the change will deliver savings of £850,000, with more savings expected to follow in coming years.

Twelve companies were invited to participate in discussions and the final decision announced last week.