(PRWEB UK) 22 February 2013
Local government could save £190 million by putting waste management services on the open market, according to an Oxford Economics study.
Currently, local authorities spend around £2.4 billion a year on domestic waste, recycling collection and street cleaning.
Less than half of this is outsourced to independent providers, despite it being a far more efficient option than councils’ in-house services.
CBI director-general John Cridland said: “Our public services are under pressure as never before, with increasing customer demand, including from an ageing population, and an urgent need to manage costs. Most public services are still largely state monopolised and it’s time to open some of them to competition.”
The idea was welcomed by Orion Waste, a waste management and resource recovery service operating throughout the South East of England.
A spokesperson said: “Private companies are the experts and are able to deliver better quality services because they have the resources, equipment and skills.
“Councils do much that is good but there are certain areas, and waste management is certainly one, where they would be better off bringing in specialists.”
Orion has over 1,000 contracted customers, ranging from factories and shopping centres to housing estates, hotels, offices, bars and restaurants. It has built up a formidable reputation for its Orion business waste collection service, which is both cost-effective and green.
The spokesperson for Orion added: “Waste companies are on the cutting edge of environmental-friendly technologies and money-saving innovations.
“If providers do not come up to scratch, it is very easy for councils to monitor and terminate contracts if necessary.”
The stakes are high according to the study, with a saving of 15% projected for simply switching to private waste companies. Millions can be saved through the use of recycling equipment in the form of compactors and balers, which contractors offer for hire or for outright purchase.
Using this equipment ensures fewer collections, which in turn leads to a reduction in cost and a lower carbon footprint, the two criteria which the public demand.
Orion Waste also has its own materials recovery facility to ensure the lowest disposal costs for general waste, or rebates for dry recyclable material to generate an income for councils and private companies.
Orion Waste currently provides a variety of services to businesses including wait-and-load, skip services, commercial waste, recycling and cleaning services.
For more information about Orion Waste’s commercial recycling services, visit http://www.orion-waste.co.uk.