The Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) met today to discuss the future of waste collections in Christchurch. The move has come as a result of a shake-up involving Dorset Council, which will see the current nine councils reduced to two unitary authorities.
The DWP currently covers Christchurch as part of its seven councils but both Bournemouth and Poole have separate waste collection services. The plan involves Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) making up one council and East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland making up the other.
A spokesperson for the DWP says that their "aim at the moment is to make sure that there is no disruption to services, which is why [their] suggestion today for Dorset Council to continue Christchurch collections for a year".
The report before the committee today, which will go before the executive at a later date, explained that alternative arrangements for waste collections in Christchurch “have been considered and rejected” on the basis of limited time available to put deliverable changes in place.
“Specific elements of service could be contracted out but as services in DWP are fully integrated there would be a significant risk to service delivery,” the report explains.
Currently, it is understood that contracts in place for the onward treatment of waste will remain the same for the time-being.
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