East Cambs brought the waste home this week with its trading company now responsible for rubbish and recycling collections.
On Tuesday East Cambs Street Scene, the council’s trading company, took over waste collection and street cleansing throughout the district.
This followed a cost-saving decision by the council in February 2017 to bring the service in-house, rather than pay for contractor Veolia.
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The days of waste collections will not be affected by the move but this week, residents are seeing a slight change to collections following the Easter break.
Normal collections will resume on Monday April, 9.
Councillor Julia Huffer said: “It was great to see the team before they headed out on their first round under East Cambs Street Scene.
“I am immensely proud of all involved in helping us bring the waste home and I look forward to the future of our waste services. The crew are now part of the Street Scene Team with new uniforms and new vehicles.”
East Cambs Street Scene director Jo Brooks said the team felt “a very proud moment” on Tuesday as the team had worked “very hard” over the past year to ensure the transfer of waste and street cleansing services could happen.
“All Veolia staff have been transferred to the new company and we are determined that residents receive the best possible waste and street cleansing service.
“Over the next coming months we will look at improving the service to our residents and improving recycling rates. The crews’ input is critical to this as is ensuring that they feel valued.”
Since February 2018, residents have been able to order a second blue recycling bin for a one-off payment of £25. The additional recycling bin will be emptied at the same time as their first blue bin.