Delivering Waste Efficiencies in the East Midlands

WRITTEN BY Local Partnerships
POSTED ON 8th May 2018

The seventh in a series of regional waste reviews, ‘Delivering Waste Efficiencies in the East Midlands,’ was recently published. John Enright, waste specialist, annually conducts research on a different region in England, focusing on areas where more than £8 million pounds per annum in savings have been achieved. He co-authored this report with Dr Jane Beasley.

The research showed that delivering services has become increasingly difficult for local authorities. The East Midlands has achieved a recycling rate of 45.9% in 2016/17; higher than the national average of 43.7% for England. One local authority, South Northamptonshire District Council, achieved a rate of 61.40%. The report found that authorities are achieving efficiency savings through partnership working and joint-service delivery, capacity changes for residual waste, joint procurement, introduction of charging for services, and in-house service delivery, among other factors.

Partnerships can save costs. One of the report’s key takeaways was: “expanding established shared services to provide services for other public sector partners in a locality is a useful way to generate income and ensure efficiencies through greater economies of scale”. The set up and integration costs for merging services proved to be modest, with an under two-year payback period for all shared services analysed. In addition, shared services have achieved the same or better levels of performance at lower cost. 

To read the report, please click here

To learn more about Local Partnerships’ waste programme, please click here

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