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Councils look to waste partnership

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Four councils are considering whether they can work together to deliver waste and recycling services.

East Staffordshire BC, Newcastle-under-Lyme BC, Staffordshire Moorlands DC and Stoke-on-Trent City Council are looking at sign uping to a memorandum of understanding.

Initially, the four councils will explore the potential for joint trade refuse and trade recycling arrangements.

The proposal is the latest step in an initiative first discussed in 2008 by the Staffordshire Joint Waste Management Board (JWMB) which comprises all councils in Staffordshire.

That cluster initially involved Newcastle-under-Lyme, the Staffordshire Moorlands and Stoke-on-Trent. East Staffordshire joined in February 2009.

Staffordshire Moorlands already has joint working waste arrangements in place through its strategic working alliance with High Peak Borough Council.

Cabinet members from all four authorities will be considering their positions during meetings which take place in September.

A joint statement from the four councils said: “Most authorities in the country are facing challenging economic circumstances. There is a constant need to balance the needs of continual service improvement with financial efficiency.

“To achieve value for money and deliver excellent, quality services for local residents and businesses, it is important that councils explore the potential for working with others to see if there are new areas for potential efficiency savings and service improvements.

“The Memorandum of Understanding which councillors are to consider during September would allow this to take place. It will enable officers to explore in more detail operational and financial efficiencies through partnership working.”

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