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Views needed on benefits of waste collection contract

Residents are being asked to give their views on the benefits to be gained from contracting out waste collection and street cleaning services.

Malvern Hills District Council agreed earlier this year to seek bids from other organisations – including private and not-for-profit companies – to provide refuse and recycling collections, garden waste collections, street cleaning and litter picking.

Refuse and recycling collections could be provided jointly with Wychavon District and Worcester City Councils. 

As part of the process the council is required by law to explore how wider economic, social and environmental benefits could be gained from any new contract for these services.

Residents, businesses and other interested parties are being urged to give their views by filling in a short online survey. Those who take part will be asked to rank 14 factors bidders need to consider, ranging from unimportant to very important.

Items people will be asked to rank include paying the living wage, providing local jobs, education and awareness campaigns and supporting voluntary organisations.

The results will be used to guide the contract negotiation process. They will also be published on the council’s website www.malvernhills.gov.uk.

Cllr Bronwen Behan, Deputy Leader and portfolio holder for Environment on Malvern Hills District Council, said: “Our residents’ views about these issues are important to us and we want to incorporate them at the earliest possible stage in seeking bids from potential service suppliers.”

To take part in the consultation visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/public-notices before 18 December.