Two waste teams collecting bins from over 116,000 homes across Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire have joined forces in a bid to reduce cost. Cambridge City Councils fleet of 27 bin lorries have begun operating from Waterbeach depot, where South Cambridgeshire District Councils waste operations are based.
The management teams for the two councils waste operations came together in August saving over £100,000 a year and with the operations now working out of one depot, further efficiencies will be sought to drive down costs.
Cambridge City Councils waste crews and staff had previously operated from a depot on Mill Road which is earmarked for redevelopment in the future.
The single shared waste management team are now working on integrating the bin collection rounds across the two districts in order to make efficiency savings on fuel and vehicles. It is expected the annual savings from the move to a shared waste service will be around £700,000.
Both Councils already take waste and recycling they collect to the processing centres near the Waterbeach depot.