Rochford District Council has appointed Norse Group, the Local Authority Trading Company (LATC) of Norfolk County Council, to deliver waste and street cleansing services under a new eight-year contract.
The agreement comes into effect today, with Norse succeeding Suez, Rochford’s previous environmental contractor.
Norse is owned by Norfolk County Council and brings together building consultancy services Norse Consulting, care provider NorseCare and facilities management specialists Norse Commercial Services. It currently provides services to a number of other local authorities in the United Kingdom.
Under the new contract, the Rochford Council and Norse will share ownership and control of the joint venture to deliver, shape and improve delivery of frontline waste and recycling collections for households, street cleaning (litter picking and street sweeping on public roads, paths and open spaces, emptying litter and dog bins), clearing fly-tipping and removing graffiti in public areas.
The Rochford-Norse venture will also involve significant investment in facilities and equipment for environmental services, including brand new vehicles.
Residents will continue on the current recycling scheme, with non-recycling and recycling waste collected fortnightly and compostables weekly.
Cllr Dave Sperring, Holder for the Environment at Rochford District Council, comments: “We are delighted to be entering this new venture with Norse, which will provide a sustainable future for our District’s environmental services, both environmentally and financially.”
Justin Galliford, Norse CEO, adds: “The Norse Group is looking forward to working in partnership with the very forward-thinking Rochford District Council. Rochford Norse will help to provide efficiencies while carrying out vital work within the essential environmental services sector.”